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Identification of the deliverable or milestone
Project: EMI Deliverable or milestone identifier: EMI-1 Release Development Plans
Title: EMI-1 Release Development Plans Doc. identifier: 2010-10-31-EMI1-DevPlans_v4.doc
Author(s): Morris Riedel Due date: __

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Name: Balazs Konya Affiliation: LU EMI Activity/External project or Institute: TD

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General comments

BK 25/11/11:


According to my interpretation, the purpose of the reviewed document is to inform the interested technical audience about the coming EMI-1 release. It's a kind of "pre-release" announcement that describes what the key features of the EMI-I release will be, what are the main developments taking place, what is EMI-I about.

The current document unfortunately fails to achieve this goal. It is not an informative document, it instead reads as a strange mixture of everything, at some parts it resembles as "EU proposal" with the usual "bla-bla-bla", some other section looks like a "beginners guide to distributed computing" and there are parts that could serve as "OGF 101".

When it comes to actual content, features, development news for EMI-I components, the document is very shallow. On the other hand, it is too verbose when it comes to general bla-bla-bla (see e.g. the lengthy Section 1 which has an extremely small information density).

However, the biggest problem of the document are not the above: the document is bad because instead of clarifying what EMI-I will be about, it mixes everything with everything. The document gives false impressions and creates confusion around EMI, EMI-I.

Without going into the details, just a couple of examples:

- Page 5, Feature table: This table nicely reflect the confusing nature of the document. The list of EMI-I features is a very strange selection. are these new features of EMI-I? Or are these the key features, including those existing ones that were not developed for EMI-I? Unclear what is being added as new and what was already there. Why is glue1.3 listed at all? Then, if glue1.3 publishing is there, why isnt' there a glue1.3 retrieval? Or a Nordugrid info publishing. ARC already publishes glue1.3 info (missed). This table can hurt EMI. Then, the "selected" components, why are these in the table? why does ARC* client and UCC client appear under "compute elements" block? What is a "Unicore" component? why is there "other" component category? This table, when it comes to component names, is not in sync with DNA1.3.1

- page 6 2.1 "Harmonized components" section gives a false impression as if EMI-I would come only with the listed few components.

- page 11, Section 2.2 "adopted standards .. for component development"

This is a rather useless section. It briefly describes 5 standards (BES, GLUE2, SAML, SRM, NFS) without linking them to any EMI-I component development. The section does not specify how these stds are implemented or used, what is their role in EMI development. It is just an empty bla-bla.. For example, why should a development plan come with a table of standards such as the one in page 11? That table tells us that e.g. BES is a compute standard developed by OGF. Then what?

- The document mentions BES, there is a section devoted to it. This is misleading, it looks as if EMI-I development would focuses on BES implementation while this is not the case at all. BES is not part of EMI development.

Summary: I am strongly against releasing the document to the general public in its current form.

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-- FloridaEstrella - 26-Nov-2010

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