Week of 150727

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  • local: Maria Dimou (chair), Oliver Gutsche (CMS), Hervé Rousseau (T0 storage), Nacho Barrientos (T0 Grid Services), Stefan Roiser (LHCb), Maarten Litmaath (ALICE).
  • remote: Ulf Tigerstedt (NDGF), Alexander Verkooijen (NL_T1), Chris & Kyle (OSG), Sang Un An (KISTI), Lisa Giacchetti (FNAL), Tiju Idiculla (RAL), Michael Ernst (BNL), Dario Barberis (ATLAS), Salvatore Tupputi (CNAF).

Experiments round table:

  • ATLAS reports (raw view) -
    • Nothing special to report
    • GGUS was down yesterday, all atlas tickets vanished (but others were still there). A warning was announced in GOCDB, fixed this morning.
  • CMS reports (raw view) -
    • nothing to report
    • GGUS:115120 is being actively followed up, thanks.

  • ALICE -
    • CERN: job submissions to CERN CEs very slow or failing on Sat (team ticket GGUS:115238)
      • CREAM and ARC CEs affected, they have e.g. Argus in common
      • issues were indeed seen on the Argus side
      • situation OK again at 22:00 Sat evening, but further instabilities occurred.
Maarten added during the meeting that ALICE was also inconvenienced by the GGUS unscheduled downtime. On the slow submission to the CERN CEs, Nacho confirmed that Argus high load was observed at the same time. Adding more capacity shouldn't be the remedy as the capacity is more than enough already. The main developer Andrea Ceccanti from CNAF is now on holiday so the investigation has to wait. It might be a low-level java issue or one related to the Agile Infrastructure or ... ?

  • LHCb reports (raw view) -
    • Data Processing: data "stripping" productions ongoing. User and MC jobs
    • T0
      • Discussion with LSF team about wall and cpu time queue lenghts, ongoing (GGUS:115027)
    • T1
      • IN2P3: getting low on user disk space, some more disk to be installed

Sites / Services round table:

  • ASGC: not connected
  • BNL: ntr
  • CNAF: ntr
  • FNAL: Scheduled downtime on August 5th from 8am to 5pm CST to upgrade EOS and other storage services. The WNs and interactive services will have to be restarted.
  • GridPP: not connected
  • IN2P3: not connected but David Bouvet emailed that a workaround for critical vulnerability is under deployment.
  • JINR: not connected
  • KISTI: ntr
  • KIT: not connected
  • NDGF: Short downtime tomorrow Tuesday 28/7 at 11am UTC to upgrade dCache. It should pass unnoticed. The problem experienced by ALICE last week is now understood. It was due to an xrootd client bug, attempting negotiation with the transfer source on 3rd party transfer but not checking whether the destination does actually support 3rd party transfers. A work-around by ALICE is in place.
  • NL-T1: ntr
  • NRC-KI: not connected
  • OSG: Last Friday an incident with the OSG GOC ticketing system (couldn't connect to the database) was quickly discovered and solved. No problem with the GGUS-Footprints' interface.
  • PIC: not connected
  • RAL: There will be an outage next Tuesday 4/8 8:30am-4:00pm UTC to investigate a network router software problem.
  • TRIUMF: not connected

  • CERN batch and grid services: nothing to add to the Argus-related comment above.
  • CERN storage services:
    • EOSALICE restarted (took ~ 1h) OTG0023387: instance was seeing lots of timeouts, caused by big number of NERSC nodes talking to EOSALICE, they don't have reverse DNS entries, we do not cache the negative hits long enough, forcing the MGM to re-resolve everytime.
  • Databases: not present
  • GGUS:
    • Please add comments in https://its.cern.ch/jira/browse/GGUS-1454 about how to propagate unscheduled GGUS downtimes to users more efficiently.
    • Reminder! New release scheduled for Wed 29th of July, with a new certificate for the alarms, and several SU decommissioned. There will be ALARM tests as usual.
  • Grid Monitoring: not present
  • MW Officer: Critical vulnerability affecting RedHat 5, 6, 7 broadcasted by EGI CSIRT (https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/EGI_CSIRT:Alerts/libuser-2015-07-24) which allows local root exploit. This vulnerability is present in the case of access via a local user account, so only UIs where access is given via local passwd file could be affected. A fix for the affected package ( libuser ) is available for RedHat 6 and 7, but not for Red Hat 5, so sites should either upgrade to a new OS release or apply the workaround described at https://access.redhat.com/articles/1537873. According to the CSIRT procedures, sites not upgrading by 31/07 risk site suspension.




  • local:
  • remote:

Experiments round table:

  • ALICE -

Sites / Services round table:

  • ASGC:
  • BNL:
  • CNAF:
  • FNAL:
  • GridPP:
  • IN2P3:
  • JINR:
  • KISTI:
  • KIT:
  • NDGF:
  • NL-T1:
  • NRC-KI:
  • OSG:
  • PIC:
  • RAL:

  • CERN batch and grid services:
  • CERN storage services:
  • Databases:
  • GGUS:
    • Yesterday's release went well. All test ALARMs were handled according to the agreed workflow. Check JIRA:1439. Release notes here. The Did you know? article this month reminds of existing GGUS features requested at the WLCG Site Survey last autumn.
    • The GGUS unscheduled downtime last weekend gave birth to JIRA:1454 so GGUS-VOs find an agreed way to notify the supporters/shifters.
  • Grid Monitoring:
  • MW Officer:


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