UNICORE Summit 2015

Scope and main topics

The UNICORE Summit is the annual meeting of the UNICORE community. It provides a unique opportunity for UNICORE users, developers, administrators, researchers, service providers, and managers to meet.

Participate to share your experience, present recent and planned developments, learn about the latest UNICORE features, and get new ideas for interesting and prosperous collaborations.

The areas of interest of the UNICORE Summit 2015 were:

  • applications and workflows
  • high-performance computing and big data processing
  • security, identity management, federations
  • portals, science gateways, interoperability
  • cloud and virtualization techniques
  • operations and deployment of UNICORE
  • recent and planned development work
  • new ideas and concepts

Schedule and presentation slides

Monday, September 7, 2015
Alvaro Aguilera (TU Dresden)
VAVID: Comparative Analysis of Engineeringly Relevant Measurement and Simulation Data
Presentation
Michael Polter (TU Dresden)
iVEL – A grid-based Virtual Engineering Laboratory
Presentation
Timo Strunk, Wolfgang Wenzel (Nanomatch GmbH; KIT)
Avoiding complexity in the development of corporate grid applications using the REST API
Presentation
Krzysztof Benedyczak (ICM), Mathilde Romberg, Bernd Schuller (FZJ)
UNICORE and Unity - complex scenarios
Presentation
Sander Apweiler, Benedikt von St.Vieth (FZJ)
Deploying UNICORE - With One Click
Presentation
Jedrzej Rybicki (FZJ)
Data Atoms: Get your own UNICORE storage
Presentation
Piotr Piernik
UNICORE packaging
Presentation
Krzysztof Benedyczak (ICM)
Single Sign On for UNICORE command line clients
Presentation
André Giesler, Myriam Czekala, Björn Hagemeier (FZJ)
Provenance Tracking in UNICORE
Presentation
Björn Hagemeier, Bernd Schuller (FZJ)
UNICORE Rich Client: Recent Developments and Roadmap
Presentation
Bernd Schuller (FZJ)
Towards UNICORE 8 – development directions
Presentation

Workshop report

The eleventh UNICORE Summit, took place on September 7, 2015 in Karlsruhe co-located with the GridKA school. In order to create a simple and informal forum for UNICORE users, admins and developers, the format was changed slightly. It was decided to not require paper submissions. In total, there were 11 contributions, which were presented in three topical sessions: „Users and Integration“, „Deployment“ and „Development“.

The „Users and Integration“ session presented usage of UNICORE in typical scientific and industrial settings. In all presented use cases, custom clients were used: job submission based on the HiLA client API, a science gateway based on the gUse/WS-PGRADE portal, and a client written in Python utilizing the new REST APIs. In the second session, „Deployment“, a wide range of topics was presented. The Unity identity management system plays an important role in several new UNICORE deployments; two examples and the roadmap were presented. Ongoing efforts to further simplify deployment and operations of UNICORE using Puppet and Docker were described. Most of these efforts benefit from the existence of well-maintained Linux package repositories – thus the recent work on UNICORE packaging supported by the UNICORE Forum was also shown. In the last session, recent developments as well as an outlook to future releases were presented. This included the latest client-side work, especially on the Rich Client and efforts to enhance UNICORE with provenance support. The new Python TSI implementation and the integration of Apache Hadoop as job execution platform are highlights of the upcoming server release.

All in all, it was a successful UNICORE Summit with interesting presentations and many fruitful discussions. Common topics emerged: e.g. using Unity for complex use cases as well as for simplified, certificate-less user authentication or the integration of UNICORE resources into custom applications using client APIs. The new REST APIs should be extended to also cover the workflow system. Finally, further simplification of the deployment and roll-out of UNICORE was seen as beneficial.

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