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Next Steps. Guy Warner gcw@nesc.ac.uk NGS Induction, NeSC, March 15 th 2006. Acknowledgements. Most slides are from GOSC / NGS: Stephen Pickles Neil Geddes Andy Richards. Goal of talk. Thus far the emphasis has been on what the NGS is, and how to use its core services.

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next steps

Next Steps

Guy Warnergcw@nesc.ac.ukNGS Induction, NeSC, March 15th 2006

acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • Most slides are from GOSC / NGS:
    • Stephen Pickles
    • Neil Geddes
    • Andy Richards
goal of talk
Goal of talk
  • Thus far the emphasis has been on what the NGS is, and how to use its core services.
  • The goal of this talk is to ensure that intending users of the NGS know what support services and procedures are provided by GOSC.
overview
Overview
  • Story so far
  • The Grid Operations Support Centre
  • Joining the NGS
  • More training??!
  • Information sources
the story so far
The story so far
  • The National Grid Service is providing a production service
  • It is a developing, dynamic service!
    • Core services in place: data, computation, portal
    • New middleware en route
    • More sites joining
    • International perspectives – EGEE, Teragrid
  • Grid Operations Support Centre is poised to help you…
slide6
GOSC

The Grid Operations Support Centre is a distributed “virtual centre” providing deployment and operations support for the UK e-Science programme.

slide7

Steering Committee

USERS

Audit Board

Director

GOSC

Management Board

Development

Manager

Operations Manager/

Technical Director

TRAINING

Operations Board

Operations Board

ETF

GSC

GOC

NGS

Security

Networking

gosc roles
GOSC Roles
  • UK Grid Services
    • National Services
      • Authentication, authorization, certificate management, VO management, security, network monitoring, help desk + support centre.
      • support@grid-support.ac.uk
    • NGS Services
      • Job submission, data transfer, data access and integration, resource brokering, monitoring, grid management services, operations centre,…
    • NGS core-node Services
      • CPU, (meta-) data storage, key software
    • Services coordinated with others (eg OMII, NeSC, LCG, EGEE):
      • Integration testing, compatibility & Validation Tests, User Management, training
  • Administration:
    • Security
    • Policies and acceptable use conditions
    • Resource providers: service level agreements,…
    • Coordinate deployment and Operations
help desk
Access Grid

Certification

Condor

ETF

For Information

General

GT2

GT3

GT4

Globus-MDS

GridFTP

Internal

Maillist

Myproxy

NGS

OGSA-DAI

Project Registration

RA

Security

SRB

Support Notices

Training

Unicore

Help Desk
joining the ngs
Joining the NGS
  • Why join?!
  • Joining as
    • Users
      • Individual
      • Projects (VO’s)
    • Resource providers
why join
Why Join?
  • Users increasingly want resources as services and not as complicated bits of kit
    • common interfaces across a range of facilities
  • Funders of regional and national facilities want common interfaces to lower barriers to access
  • By joining you leverage the national expertise in running these services
    • technical advice and support
    • security procedures and incident response
    • tools to help monitor and patch
    • Get it at lower cost by joining the NGS
  • Members get a say in the technical decisions about the NGS
  • Basis for collaboration, sharing resources with UK and International colleagues
how do i get a certificate
How Do I Get A Certificate?
  • You need a valid UK certificate before applying for an NGS account:
    • https://ca.grid-support.ac.uk, the UK Certificate Authority.
    • You will probably need to provide non-electronic proof of identity to your local representative of the CA.
      • For example: a photocopy of your passport.
      • See http://www.grid-support.ac.uk/archive/ca/ralist.htm
    • Ensure that you use the same browser (on the same computer) that you sent the request from to download your certificate.
    • Always keep this certificate secure.
user registration process
User Registration (Process)

Accepted

(User Notified)

User Applies

(Via Website)

User added

to NGS VO

(includes SRB account)

Application QC

Application Submitted

to Peer Review Panel

User added

NGS-USER and

NGS-ANNOUNCE

Mailing lists

Approved ?

Rejected

(User Notified)

projects and vos
Projects and VOs
  • Just need access to compute and data resources for users in your project?
    • Currently, mainly applications from individuals
    • project-based applications being dealt with case-by-case, as procedures are established
    • if in doubt, talk to GOSC!
  • Want to host your data on NGS?
    • consider GridFTP, SRB, Oracle, or OGSA-DAI
    • NGS maintains infrastructure
    • you populate and manage data
  • Want to use NGS resources to provision services, portals for a community of users?
    • next slide
providing services for a vo
Providing services for a VO
  • NGS resources can be used to provide a portal (or portlets) or other service for your community
  • Deployment and security scenarios are negotiable
  • NGS policies (core nodes):
    • your portal can present its own, or a delegated user’s credential to NGS, but tasks should be traceable to initiating end-user
    • you should not run your own services in user space without prior agreement of NGS and hosting site
      • we need to know that services are secure, will not jeopardise operation of other NGS services, or consume too much precious resource on head nodes
  • Talk to GOSC!
resource providers
Resource providers

Resource providers join the NGS by

  • Defining level of service commitments
  • Adopting NGS acceptable use and security policies
  • Run compatible middleware
    • as defined by NGS Minimum Software Stack
    • and verified by compliance test suite
  • Support monitoring and accounting

Two levels of membership

  • Affiliates run compatible stack, integrated support
  • Partners also contribute “significant resources”
more training
More training?
  • Watch http://www.nesc.ac.uk/training
  • Also http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/esi.html
  • http://egee.nesc.ac.uk/ for EGEE events and materials – repository.
  • TELL US WHAT YOU WANT !!!!
    • In future versions of this course
    • In application developer courses
    • …..
nesc uk training
NeSC UK Training
  • Establishing set of core courses:
    • Induction, sysadmin, application devel.,…
      • For EGEE (current and gLite), NGS
      • Cooperating with OMII
    • Fundamentals: WS, WS-RF
  • In NeSC national role:
    • Building collaborations to support/co-deliver training with UK e-science centres and VO’s
    • Establishing repository (for EGEE) and websitehttp://www.nesc.ac.uk/training
  • In NeSC’s regional role, providing:
    • events in Scotland
    • Training and support for potential & current users of grids
eu web sites
EU WEB SITES
  • EGEEwww.eu-egee.org
    • Training activity homepage: http://egee.nesc.ac.uk/
    • Roadmap: training events since the start of EGEEhttp://www.egee.nesc.ac.uk/schedreg/index.html
  • LCGlcg.web.cern.ch/LCG/
  • NeSC www.nesc.ac.uk
  • The GridCafewww.gridcafe.org
  • More EU sites:
    • http://www.cordis.lu/ist/grids/fp6_grid_projects.htm
    • http://www.gridstart.org/concertation_mtg.shtml
    • EGEE 4th Conference in Pisago via http://public.eu-egee.org/
    • e-Infrastructures Reflection Group http://www.e-irg.org
uk resources
UK resources
  • National Grid Service http://www.ngs.ac.uk
  • Grid Operations Support Centre http://www.grid-support.ac.uk
  • National e-Science Centre http://www.nesc.ac.uk
      • UK Training Roadmap http://www.nesc.ac.uk/training
  • ALSO: regional centres, centres of excellence and NIEeS, NCeSS
  • UK AHM
    • 2004: http://www.allhands.org.uk/programme/programme.html
    • 2005: http://www.allhands.org.uk/