Week of 140421

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Monday: Easter Monday holiday

  • The meeting will be held on Tuesday instead.



  • local: Felix (ASGC), Maarten (SCOD), Maria A (WLCG), Ulrich (CERN grid services)
  • remote: Alexander (NLT1), Antonio (CNAF), Kyle (OSG), Lisa (FNAL), Oliver (CMS), Rolf (IN2P3), Sang-Un (KISTI), Tiju (RAL), Xavier (KIT)

Experiments round table:

  • CMS reports (raw view) -
    • Processing/production situation
      • Queues pretty much full with 13 TeV preparation MC production and digitization/reconstruction
    • EOS trouble on April 19th
      • Jan caught it on our support list before I even could open a ticket (thanks, Jan!)
      • Lockup of EOSCMS namespace? Solved by restart?
    • CERN: xrootd trouble on April 21st
    • JINR: xrootd trouble
      • file announced to be served by JINR but not accessible afterwards
      • GGUS:104810

  • ALICE -
    • KIT
      • network usage by jobs was OK over the long weekend
      • the jobs cap has been removed this morning and the number of concurrent jobs rose from 1k to 3k+ without incident

Sites / Services round table:

  • ASGC - ntr
  • CNAF - ntr
  • FNAL - ntr
  • IN2P3 - ntr
  • KISTI - ntr
  • KIT - nta
  • NLT1
    • yesterday morning 1 dCache pool node crashed; restarted this morning and running OK again
  • OSG
    • GGUS:104806 opened for documentation on adding, removing or changing resources in REBUS
      • Maria: pledges or resources published by the BDII?
      • Kyle: site names
      • Maria: REBUS has its own support unit, so the ticket just needs to get routed there
      • Maarten: will check after the meeting
        • the ticket has been routed OK, but the expert may be unavailable this week
  • RAL - ntr

  • CERN grid services
    • this morning an AFS intervention went wrong, whereby local jobs could not get AFS tokens; fixed shortly after noon
    • we plan to ramp down the number of CEs submitting to the remaining SLC5 resources; further announcements will follow




  • local: David (CMS), Felix (ASGC), Maarten (SCOD), Marcin (databases), Maria A (WLCG), Stefan (LHCb), Xavi (CERN storage)
  • remote: Dennis (NLT1), Jeremy (GridPP), Kyle (OSG), Lisa (FNAL), Michael (BNL), Pepe (PIC), Rolf (IN2P3), Sang-Un (KISTI), Sonia (CNAF), Thomas (KIT), Tiju (RAL), Ulf (NDGF), Xavier (KIT)

Experiments round table:

  • ATLAS reports (raw view) -
    • Central services/T0
    • T1
      • FZK-LCG2 file transfer failing with SRM_GET_TURL error on the turl request (GGUS:104864)
      • RAL-LCG2 file transfer errors with "SRM_FILE_UNAVAILABLE". RAL admins reported a problem with a disk server (ELOG:49033)

  • CMS reports (raw view) -
    • Rather quiet two days -- generally trying to keep things busy with 13 TeV MC production and accompanying reco, with legacy reprocessing of MC to complete Run 1 analyses
    • Rereco of 2011 HI data nearly complete -- successful use of CERN HLT and AI resources for reprocessing.
      • "Nearly complete" -- waiting on ~dozen files inaccessible in CERN EOS INC:538717 (open)
    • GGUS:104827 (closed) Transfer errors between Beijing & FNAL -- sites need to remember to use SHA1 certs until FNAL upgrades dcache to allow SHA2 in few weeks.
    • SAV:143092 (open) HPSS outage at IN2P3 last week affecting outgoing transfers of files this week.
      • Rolf: GGUS:104842 appears to be about the same issue?
      • David: looks like it

  • ALICE -
    • KIT: the firewall and OPN link were saturated between 16:30 and 21:30 yesterday due to a large batch of jobs running an older analysis tag that does not have the patch for using the local SE when possible
      • the jobs cap was lowered to 1.5k for the night, then lifted again this morning

  • LHCb reports (raw view) -
    • Incremental Stripping campaign finished - many thanks to all T1 sites !!!!
    • MCsimulation, Working Group Production and User jobs.
    • T0:
      • Migration of user data Castor -> EOS started on Tuesday
        • Xavi: ~100k out of a few M files still to be done
    • T1:
      • GridKa : Some 102 input files for the stripping were not accessible to jobs, (GGUS:104852). Fixed Wed evening and jobs succeeded.

Sites / Services round table:

  • ASGC - ntr
  • BNL - ntr
  • CNAF - ntr
  • FNAL - ntr
  • GridPP
    • do we need to be concerned about concurrent major downtimes at T1 sites?
      • after some discussion and rectification of erroneous information the conclusion was that such clashes are to be avoided to a reasonable extent, but that we do not seem to have a reason for worry in this matter
        • major interventions usually are announced well in advance and (where feasible) agreed with the experiments concerned
        • in the past many years there has rarely (if ever) been a clash that caused a big nuisance
        • sometimes the T0 has been down, with a much bigger impact, and we just dealt with it
  • IN2P3 - nta
  • KISTI - ntr
  • KIT
    • the ATLAS ticket has been solved
  • NDGF
    • high ALICE traffic observed, but the system is coping OK
      • Maarten: probably due to increased activities in preparation for Quark Matter 2014 (May 19-24); furthermore, the issue that was observed for KIT can also happen at other sites in principle
    • Maria: you were going to open a ticket about better values for GLUE Validator limits?
      • Ulf: will follow up
  • NLT1
    • ATLAS opened 2 tickets:
      • GGUS:102716 about slow transfers from NIKHEF to BNL: we did some tuning, now waiting for a reply
      • GGUS:104769 about SARA transfer failures: the cause does not seem to be at SARA
    • yesterday the dCache SRM door was down for ~1h; it has happened before and been reported to the developers
  • OSG - ntr
  • PIC
    • our multi-core queue is seeing significant use by ATLAS and CMS; we have re-tuned the scheduler and will report in the Multi-core WG on our observations
  • RAL
    • the ATLAS ticket has been solved
    • Tue April 29 there will be a site outage for network maintenance 07:00-17:00 local time

  • CERN storage - nta
  • databases - ntr


-- SimoneCampana - 20 Feb 2014

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