HEPiX Batavia, Illinois - August 26 - 28, 1998

Final Program --



Wednesday 26th August

WEDNESDAY - SITE REPORTS 8:00 - 9:00 Continental breakfast 08:30 - 09:00 Registration 09:00 - 09:15 Opening Remarks and Computer Facility Logistics Speakers: Lisa Giacchetti and Tim Doody 09:15 - 10:00 Physics At FERMI Speaker: Steve Wolbers; Acting Head Computing Division 10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break 10:30 - 12:00 Site Reports DESY Zeuthen - Wolfgang Friebel DESY Hamburg - Dirk Wetter RAL - John Gordon GSI - Peter Malzacher NIKHEF - Ronad Boontje University of Notre Dame - James Bishop Institute of Physics Prague - Milos Lokajicek 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch 13:30 - 15:00 More Site Reports CERN - Alan Silverman Jefferson Lab (CEBAF) - Ian Bird CCIN2P3 - Wojciech Wojcik Saclay/DAPNIA - Pierrick Micout BNL/RCF - Thomas Throwe FNAL - Lisa Giacchetti 15:00 - 15:20 Coffee 15:20 - 15:50 The New UPS/UPD Site: FERMI Speaker: Lauri Carpenter / Marc Mengel Abstract: Last year it was decided that UPS/UPD needed to undergo major change or a rewrite to support RUNII. A complete rewrite was started which has now been completed and is in the process of being deployed. This talk will cover an update since the last presentation (JLAB fall '97) and include information on things we have learned. This talk will also focus on the benefits of the new software from a product developer and system management point of view. 15:50 - 16:10 HEP Global Directory Over LDAP Site: CERN Author: Petr Matousek Speaker: Alan Silverman 16:10 - 16:30 Update from HEPNT (NOT AVAILABLE) Speaker: David Kelsey 16:30 - 17:00 DESY NT status report & new developments Site: DESY Speaker: Gunter Trowitzsch Abstract: The talk will contain a status report about usage and the overall introduction of the application support concept based on NetInstall. It will describe new developments for the automation of administrative task and the tools used in that context. The talk will close with an outlook to our preparations for the NT5 migration. =============================================================

Thursday 27th August

MORNING: NT Issues 08:00 - 09:00 Continental Breakfast 09:00 - 09:30 NT Backup Strategy Site: FERMI Speaker: Ken Fidler 9:30 - 10:00 A File System from Windows NT Site: CERN Speaker: Alan Silverman Abstract: NT is taken to be a strategic direction for CERN in the medium to long-term. The user base several years from now will include not only today's Windows 95 population but also many physics users. This latter group is relatively new to Windows and are setting many new demands on our well-established NICE service. As we investigate how to respond to these demands, the subject of which file system to base our NT service upon is raised and the obvious answer may not be the correct one, today. 10:00 - 10:30 Interim Status Report on AFS/NT Study Site: CERN Author: Rainer Tobbicke Speaker: Alan Silverman 10:30 - 10:50 Coffee 10:50 - 11:20 NT Farms at RAL Site: RAL Speaker: John Gordon 11:20 - 11:40 Update: Linux @ DESY Hamburg SITE: DESY Hamburg Speaker: Dirk Wetter 11:40 - 12:00 Linux Open Issues Site: CERN Speaker: Alan Silverman Abstract: In the continuing saga of matching our formal support of Linux to the users' demands and expectations this short presendation will list some of the well known open issues around Linux and support in CERN. 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch AFTERNOON: LINUX Issues 13:30 - 13:50 UPDATE: Linux Support @ FERMI Site: FERMI Speaker: Connie Sieh 13:50 - 14:20 LINUX on the Desktop Site: DESY Zeuthen Speaker: Thorsten Kleinwort Abstract:After introducing Linux as an operating system for large PC Cluster (farms) in the beginning of 98 at DESY Zeuthen, we started to investigate desktop PCs running Linux. In my presentation I will show the installation of a Linux desktop PC and how we want to support and maintain such a grou pof distributed PCs. At DESY Zeuthen we use SuSE Linux 5.2 with some automatic installation and CFENGINE (with SUE) for the postinstallation. For regular checking we use PATROL. I will show the setup of such a desktop PC and the advatages and probelms of such a solution for desktop PCs 14:20 - 14:40 Linux @ JLab Site: Jefferson Lab Speaker: 14:40 - 15:00 Board vans for tour 15:00 - 17:00 Tour of FERMI facility (includes experimental areas) Tour Guide: Dane Skow ==========================================================================

Friday 28th August

08:00 - 09:00 Continental Breakfast 09:00 - 9:30 Systems Installation and Management: SUE+CFENGINE Site: DESY Speaker: Alf Wachsmann Abstract: This talk will describe the philosophy of sue and cfengine and explain why DESY needs two tools for systems installation and administration. Then it will present the overall infrastructure of DESY Zeuthen's automated systems post installation and daily adminis- tration environment. The talk will close with the status of the project and concrete plans for the near future. 09:30 - 10:00 JLab Common User Environment Site: Jefferson Lab Speaker: 10:00 - 10:20 Sloan Digital Sky Survey compute model Site: FERMI Speaker: Chris Stoughton 10:20 - 10:40 Coffee 10:40 - 11:00 Handling requests with a trouble ticket system at DESY Zeuthen Site: DESY Speaker: Wolfgang Friebel Abstract: While DESY is using a very powerful trouble ticket system (Remedy), the estimated amount of administration and the heavily GUI based access to the system made the system less attractive to a small site like Zeuthen. Based on the req/reqng tools we experimented with a much simpler solution, that offers both command line, email based and GUI/WWW interfaces. Still under development, the tool is in routine use since May 98. An interface to remedy is planned. 11:00 - 12:00 Year2K Issues Site: FERMI Speaker: Tim Doody 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch 13:30 - 14:00 New Features in PATROL 3.2 Site: DESY Authors: Michael Jung, Waltraut Niepraschk Speaker: Wolfgang Friebel Abstract: The monitoring tool patrol was developed at SLAC to recognize problems on UNIX machines as quickly as possible. Based on a recent version, that makes use of the object structures in perl5, the functionality of patrol was extended for the requirements at DESY. Patrol is capable of monitoring processes, deamons, file systems, files, ports and checking return codes of system commands. A WWW interface has been developed for patrol, that also maintains a history of the patrol findings. The use of patrol at DESY led to a larger overall stability of centrally managed machines. 14:00 - 14:20 KTeV compute model presentation Site: FERMI Speaker: Vivian O'Dell / Elliot Cheu 14:20 - 14:50 Deployment of Java Development Infrastructure at CERN Site: CERN Speaker: Miguel Marquina Abstract: CERN undertook last May a survey aimed to collect the requirements of the Java Developer community concerning the provision of some centralized Java Development facilities. The highlights of the survey results will be presented, together with the plans for a phased deployment of the Java infrastructure at CERN. 14:50 - 15:10 Coffee 15:10 - 15:30 Roundup, Feedback 18:00 - 21:00 Social Event: Dinner at Chez Leon End of conference

                                        Lisa Giacchetti
                                        HEPiX Chairperson