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Technical Report GriPhyN-2001-xxx

www.griphyn.org

GriPhyN Research for ATLAS

Year 2 Project Plan

ATLAS Application Group

GriPhyN Collaboration

&

Software and Computing Project



U.S. ATLAS Collaboration

12/18/2001



Version 2.76

Table of Contents


1 Introduction 4

1.1 Terminology used in this Document 5



2 ATLAS Background and Personnel 5

2.1 ATLAS Software Overview 5

2.2 ATLAS Data Challenges 5

2.4 Personnel 6



4 Manager of Grid-based Data – Magda 8

5 Grid – Enabled Data Access from Athena 9

6 Grid User Interface – Grappa 10

6.1 Grid Portals 10

6.2 Grappa Requirements 10

6.3 Grappa Use of Existing Tools 12

6.4 Grappa and Virtual Data 14

9 Performance Monitoring and Analysis 15

9.1 Grid-level Resource Monitoring 16

9.3 Local Resource Monitoring 16

9.4 Application Performance 17

9.5 Higher Level Predictive Services 18

9.6 Grid View Vizualization 18



11 Grid Package Management – pacman 19

12 Security and Accounting Issues 20

13 Site Management Software 20

14 Testbed Development 21

14.1 U.S. ATLAS Testbed 21

14.2 iVDGL 22

16 ATLAS – GriPhyN Outreach Activities 22

17 Schedule and Goals 22

17.1 ATLAS Year 2 (September 01 – December 02) 23

17.2 ATLAS Year 3 (September 02 – December 03) 25

17.3 Overview of Milestones 26



18 Project Management 26

18.1 Liaison 27

18.2 Project Reporting 27

19 References 27




  1. Introduction

The goal of this document is to provide a detailed GriPhyN – ATLAS plan for Year 2. Some high-level plans for Year 3 are also included.


As an application, ATLAS software is inherently fit for grid computing with its distributed data and computing needs. As such, we have developed a coordinated approach for the various US Grid projects, namely PPDG, GriPhyN and iVDGL, focused on delivering the necessary tools for the ATLAS Data Challenges (DCs).
These tools fall in several different categories. First, and mainly as part of PPDG although it will be used for GriPhyN, is Magda – the Managaer for Grid-based Data. This tool is a data distribution tool/sandbox that is being used for initial work in distributed data management. It was developed to enable the rapid development of components to support users, and as other project pieces reach maturity they are easily incorporated. For example, GridFTP was recently incorporated, and current testing using the Globus replica management tools is underway, replacing original prototype code for both functions. This is detailed in Section 4. Related to this is work to enable data-access over the Grid from within the Athena infrastructure. This is described in Section 4.
Second is Grappa, the Grid Portal for Physics Applications, is being developed as a more user-friendly interface to job submission and monitoring, and will interface to Magda in future development as well. This work is based on the Indiana XCAT project, and is fully adaptable to new developments in Grid software and in the ATLAS/Athena framework itself. Initial work has focused on a simpler, web-based interface to job submission, with easy access to scripting as well. This is fully described in Section 5.
In the area of monitoring, there are several on-going efforts with respect to different aspects of the problem. We are leading the joint PPDG/GriPhyN effort in monitoring to define the use cases and requirements for a cross-experiment testbed. In addition, we have been evaluating and installing sensors to capture the needed data for our testbed facilities internally, and determining what information should be shared at the grid level, and the best ways to do this. At the application level, much work has been done with Athena Auditor services to evaluate application performance on the fly. For vizualizing monitoring data, we have developed GridView to easily see the resource avai9ability on the U.S. ATLAS Testbed. These efforts are detailed in Section 6.
We have also been working on the development of many needed management tools. Section 7 discusses Pacman, our package management system, which is a candidate for the packaging of VDT. Section 8 addresses our security approaches, or rather, our use of other people’s work in security, and Section 9 describes our approach to site management software.
Section 10 describes testbed development.
Section 11 describes education and outreach activities.


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