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XSEDE ECSS Symposium: Gateway Production Monitoring & Essentials for a Successful XRAC Proposal, May 19, 2020

The next XSEDE ECSS Symposium will be Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. More information about the Symposium series and links to previous presentation can be found here:

Speaker: Kenneth Yoshimoto (SDSC)

Title: Gateway Production Monitoring

Abstract: In order to monitor the function of a production gateway, Neuroscience Gateway (NSG), two programs were developed to test gateway functions: data upload, job submission, and output retrieval.  NSG uses the Workbench Framework (WF) code base. Other gateways using WF are COSMIC2 and CIPRES.  The WF gateway can provide both a non-API web interface and a RESTful API. NSG makes both these interfaces available to users.  For routine monitoring of production status, programs were written to do a daily test of both interfaces.  The programs and testing process will be presented.

Speaker: Lars Koesterke (TACC) 

Title: Essentials for a Successful XRAC Proposal: Code Performance and Scaling

Abstract: Many PI’s struggle with putting together a sound computational plan based on code performance and scaling information. In fact, for first-time PI’s the most common reason for rejection is an insufficient computational plan. With this new training module, we are trying to address this problem. The training module attempts to answer two questions: Why is scaling and performance data important and how is it used by reviewers, and how to use this data to put together a computational plan? Currently, the module is geared towards traditional HPC communities and we are working on extending the content towards new communities. The purpose of my talk at the ECSS symposium is to bring staff members on the same page and to raise awareness that there is a new resource available that may help educating users struggling with writing a successful XRAC proposal.

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