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HEPiX Spring 2012 Highlights. Helge Meinhard CERN-IT GDB 09-May-2012. HEPiX. 20-years old, self-organised forum of people involved in site management in HEP More service managers/ sysadmins than IT managers Open to anyone interested

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hepix spring 2012 highlights

HEPiX Spring 2012Highlights

HelgeMeinhard

CERN-IT

GDB 09-May-2012

hepix
HEPiX
  • 20-years old, self-organised forum of people involved in site management in HEP
    • More service managers/sysadmins than IT managers
    • Open to anyone interested
    • Further information, including archives of past meetings: http://www.hepix.org/
  • Mix of large and small sites, many involved in WLCG
    • Present recent work and future plans, share experience, advise managers
  • 1-week meetings twice per year
    • Spring in Europe, autumn typically in North America
  • Working groups on specific issues
spring 2012 meeting 1
Spring 2012 Meeting (1)
  • Held 23 – 27 April at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Tier 2 centre in LCG
    • Excellent local organisation
    • Prague: town with a very rich history, impressive architecture, good beer, rich food, …
  • Sponsored by a number of companies: Dell, WD, Netapp, IBM; EMC2; SGI, Bull, Proact
spring 2012 meeting 2
Spring 2012 Meeting (2)
  • Format: Pre-defined tracks with conveners and invited speakers per track
    • Extremely rich, interesting and (over-)packed agenda
      • Novelty: three weeks before the meeting, the agenda was full – abstracts needed to be rejected, accepted talk slots shortened
    • New track on business continuity, convener: Alan
    • Judging by number of submitted abstracts, most interesting topic was IT infrastructure (17 talks!). 10 storage, 7 Grid/cloud/virtualisation, 6 network and security, 5 computing, 4 business continuity, 3 miscellaneous… plus 22(!) site reports
  • Full details and slides:http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=160737
  • Trip report by Alan Silverman available, too
    • Linked to Indico page above
spring 2012 meeting 3
Spring 2012 Meeting (3)
  • 97 registered participants
    • Vancouver Oct 2011: 98; GSI May 2011: 84
  • 74 talks
    • Vancouver Oct 2011: 55; GSI May 2011: 54
  • HEPiX Board meeting: new European co-chair elected (HM)
    • Succession of Michel Jouvin, who stepped down following his election to become GDB chair
    • 4 candidates from 3 European institutes
topical highlights 1
Topical Highlights (1)
  • Business Continuity: New track, of interest not only to large (T0/T1) sites
    • Presentations by FNAL, CERN, RAL
    • AGLT2 also thinking about it…
  • Continuous interest in infrastructure
    • Energy efficiency will be a dedicated topic in future meeting
  • Fabric management changing in many places
    • CERN: AI; many labs moving to Puppet; Quattor also healthy; some sites moving monitoring away from Nagios
topical highlights 2
Topical Highlights (2)
  • Batch scheduler
    • Many sites report scaling issues with PBS etc.
    • Condor and Slurm on the rise
    • xGE introduced in some places – forum created for exchange between scientific sites
  • Cloud computing on the horizon of realism
    • Private clouds: Openstack, OpenNebula
  • Storage: dynamic federations; what comes after RAID
  • Networking and security: identity federations, IPv6, computer security
working groups
Working Groups

Virtualisation: very active, reports regularly given

IPv6: idem

Storage: activities in bursts, coming up soon

Benchmarking: same status as in Vancouver

hepix future
HEPiX Future
  • Next meetings:
    • Autumn 2012: Beijing (hosted by IHEP); 15 to 19 October
    • Spring 2013: Bologna (date to be decided)
    • Autumn 2013: Interest by U Michigan, Ann Arbor, US
  • Large number of participants and talks this time round
  • Interest for a North-American meeting in 18 months’ time
  • Interest by LCG to use HEPiX as advisory body for site matters
  • HEPiX appears to be very healthy