GridNet Funding Report Open Grid Forum 22 25-28th February 2008 Cambridge, US Prof Richard Sinnott National e-Science Centre University of Glasgow [email protected] This report summarises my attendance at OGF22 in Cambridge and its relevance to current NeSC activities. Meetings Attended Monday 25th February • Opening Session • OGSA-RUS specification • OGSA AuthZ • Security Area Meeting • AuthZ interoperation demos Tuesday 26th • OGC-OGF • OGC-OGF • OGC-OGF February (1/3) (2/3) (3/3) Wednesday 27th February • Encyclopaedia of Life • Financial services workshop • Keynote on cloud computing • Pharma, Biotech and Life Sciences workshop (1/2) • Pharma, Biotech and Life Sciences workshop (2/2) • Town Hall meeting Thursday 28th February • Grid Usage and Productivity • Data Management workshop (1/2) • Data Management workshop (2/2) I left the meeting on Thursday afternoon. Relevance to NeSC All of the meetings I attended have direct relevance to projects at NeSC Glasgow. The OGSA-RUS workshop was useful in that it gave me an overview of the various specs and approaches on-going in this area – especially relevant given the full economic costing and need for accounting on Glasgow resources such as ScotGrid. At the start of the meeting, the chair (Morris Riedel) actually took the time to go around the room to find out the background of attendees on the RUS specs and made sure that he covered the background information needed to bring people up to speed. I think that this should be part of many (all?) working group meetings The OGSA AuthZ WG was split in to two meetings. The first of these covered the discussions on the recent standards that have been put together. The VPman project in which NeSC is directly involved have been working on the implementation and exploitation of these standards. I gave a presentation and demonstration on one of these standards focusing on use of VOMS attributes being pushed to services for authorisation decisions to be made on access to use Grid services protected by PERMIS. This was made in the context of the VOTES project. The pull model specification is to be explored within the nanoCMOS project – hence the authZ specifications map directly onto the requirements and scenarios in NeSC projects. On Tuesday I attended all three of the OGC-OGF workshops. This was both a fact finding effort in understanding what is happening in the geospatial and geospatial standards space. Furthermore, through the NeSC involvement in the SeeGEO project and the recently ESRC funded DAMES NCeSS node in which NeSC is directly involved, knowing more about how to access and use geospatial data in social science and epidemiological studies is very much aligned with future NeSC work. Based on this meeting, initial ideas are being pursued on collaboration with some of the attendees. On Wednesday I attended the Encyclopaedia of Life presentation which covered an interesting area. I also attended the financial services workshop, an area I am not directly involved in but am interested in. I was hoping that the security technologies and scenarios we have been working on might find a niche in this area, but the talks were more about HPC and performance. I attended the keynote on Cloud computing. It is not clear to me how the ideas of ensembles as presented differed from the vision of virtual organisations as we currently support them. That said, I have a PhD student looking into configuration management and Grid technologies and there may be some mileage in pursuing some investigation into this latest OGF buzz. I attended the Pharma workshop since it maps directly onto numerous projects at NeSC. The panel session at the end was especially interesting. I still feel that the Grid community have not yet grasped that the standards and technologies and their deployment in live clinical settings. On Thursday I attended the Grid Usage and Productivity in HPC which was essentially a talk about Tabor Research and Grid marketing. I also attended the data management workshop and listened to talks about commercial-oriented data management including for example the day to day reality of managing the eBay infrastructures. It was interesting, but I am not sure how relevant these large scale industrial infrastructures reflect on the day to day activities of academic Grid-related research. All in all, I enjoyed this OGF! As with the Seattle meeting, this was not the best attended of OGF’s but this was discussed at length at the Town Meeting, both in terms of the financial situation of OGF and the need to avoid clashes with conferences. For example, the next OGF in Barcelona clashes with OGC meetings in Germany and with the HealthGrid conference in Chicago. That said it is co-located with the BEinGrid conference. Selecting dates that avoid clashes is a non-trivial matter given the scope of OGF and the groups and research domains it covers.