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2015-02-12
13:19
Indico
Reference: Poster-2015-466
Created: 2012. -1 p
Creator(s): Ferreira, Pedro

Indico was born as a European project. In 2004, CERN became the sole owner of the project and decided to further extend its capabilities, enabling CERN users to manage lectures and meetings as well. This allowed Indico to replace the 'CERN Agenda' application. In 2007, a Room Booking module was added, thus allowing CERN users to book their rooms on-line. Indico became, in 2009, CERN's hub for collaborative tools, empowering collaborations such as the LHC and its experiments with video conferencing and chatting capabilities. Since then, several other features have been developed, such as a full-fledged paper reviewing module for conferences and a powerful HTTP API.

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2015-02-11
16:02
The keys to CERN conference rooms - Managing local collaboration facilities in large organisations
Reference: Poster-2015-465
Created: 2013. -1 p
Creator(s): Baron, T; Domaracky, M; Duran, G; Correia Fernandes, J; Ferreira, P [...]

For a long time HEP has been ahead of the curve in its usage of remote collaboration tools, like videoconference and webcast, while the local CERN collaboration facilities were somewhat behind the expected quality standards for various reasons. This time is now over with the creation by the CERN IT department in 2012 of an integrated conference room service which provides guidance and installation services for new rooms (either equipped for video-conference or not), as well as maintenance and local support. Managing now nearly half of the 250 meeting rooms available on the CERN sites, this service has been built to cope with the management of all CERN rooms with limited human resources. This has been made possible by the intensive use of professional software to manage and monitor all the room equipment, maintenance and activity. This paper will focus on presenting these packages, either off-the-shelf commercial products (asset and maintenance management tool, remote audiovisual equipment monitoring systems, local automation devices, new generation touch screen interfaces for interacting with the room) when available or locally developed integration and operational layers (generic audiovisual control and monitoring framework) and how they help overcoming the challenges presented by such a service. The aim is to minimise local human interventions while preserving the highest service quality and placing the end user back to the center of this collaboration platform.

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2015-01-28
17:01
Multimedia and Document Services
Reference: Poster-2015-464
Keywords:  CERN Document Server  CDS  Invenio  Digital Library  Multimedia  Institutional Repository
Created: 2013. -1 p
Creator(s): Marian, Ludmila; Caffaro, Jérôme; Le Meur, Jean-Yves

Enabling access to articles, reports and multimedia content produced by CERN, using the Invenio digital library and repository software.

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2013-11-01
16:05
CORAL and COOL during the LHC long shutdown
Reference: Poster-2013-399
Created: 2013. -1 p
Creator(s): Valassi, A; Clemencic, M; Dykstra, D; Goyal, N; Salnikov, A [...]

CORAL and COOL are two software packages used by the LHC experiments for managing detector conditions and other types of data using relational database technologies. They have been developed and maintained within the LCG Persistency Framework, a common project of the CERN IT department with ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. This presentation reports on the status of CORAL and COOL at the time of CHEP2013, covering the new features and enhancements in both packages, as well as the changes and improvements in the software process infrastructure. It also reviews the usage of the software in the experiments and the outlook for ongoing and future activities during the LHC long shutdown (LS1) and beyond.

Presented at 20th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics 2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands 14 - 18 Oct 2013 2013 , (list conference papers)
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2013-10-30
20:12
Helix Nebula and CERN: A Symbiotic approach to exploiting commercial clouds
Reference: Poster-2013-392
Created: 2013. -1 p
Creator(s): Barreiro Megino, Fernando Harald; Jones, Robert; Kucharczyk, Katarzyna; Medrano Llamas, Ramón; van der Ster, Daniel

The recent paradigm shift toward cloud computing in IT, and general interest in "Big Data" in particular, have demonstrated that the computing requirements of HEP are no longer globally unique. Indeed, the CERN IT department and LHC experiments have already made significant R&D; investments in delivering and exploiting cloud computing resources. While a number of technical evaluations of interesting commercial offerings from global IT enterprises have been performed by various physics labs, further technical, security, sociological, and legal issues need to be address before their large-scale adoption by the research community can be envisaged. Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud is an initiative that explores these questions by joining the forces of three European research institutes (CERN, ESA and EMBL) with leading European commercial IT enterprises. The goals of Helix Nebula are to establish a cloud platform federating multiple commercial cloud providers, along with new business models, which can sustain the cloud marketplace for years to come. This contribution will summarize the participation of CERN in Helix Nebula. We will explain CERN's flagship use-case and the model used to integrate several cloud providers with an LHC experiment's workload management system. During the first proof of concept, this project contributed over 40.000 CPU-days of Monte Carlo production throughput to the ATLAS experiment with marginal manpower required. CERN's experience, together with that of ESA and EMBL, is providing a great insight into the cloud computing industry and highlighted several challenges that are being tackled in order to ease the export of the scientific workloads to the cloud environments.

Presented at 20th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics 2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands 14 - 18 Oct 2013 2013 , (list conference papers)
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2013-10-30
14:56
Handling Worldwide LHC Computing Grid Critical Service Incidents : The infrastructure and experience behind nearly 5 years of GGUS ALARMs
Reference: Poster-2013-391
Keywords:  WLCG  GGUS  ALARM  ticket  Storage  CASTOR  Batch  LSF  CERN  KIT  fail-safe  Tier0  Tier1  workflow  incident
Created: 2013. -1 p
Creator(s): Dimou, M; Dres, H; Dulov, O; Grein, G

In the Wordwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) project the Tier centres are of paramount importance for storing and accessing experiment data and for running the batch jobs necessary for experiment production activities. Although Tier2 sites provide a significant fraction of the resources a non-availability of resources at the Tier0 or the Tier1s can seriously harm not only WLCG Operations but also the experiments' workflow and the storage of LHC data which are very expensive to reproduce. This is why availability requirements for these sites are high and committed in the WLCG Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). In this talk we describe the workflow of GGUS ALARMs, the only 24/7 mechanism available to LHC experiment experts for reporting to the Tier0 or the Tier1s problems with their Critical Services. Conclusions and experience gained from the detailed drills performed in each such ALARM for the last 4 years are explained and the shift with time of Type of Problems met. The physical infrastructure put in place to achieve GGUS 24/7 availability are summarised.

Presented at 20th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics 2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands 14 - 18 Oct 2013 2013 , (list conference papers)
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2011-01-27
14:30
Open up your mind! - CERN openlab Student Programme Poster 2011
Reference: Poster-2011-166
Keywords:  openlab  student programme  poster  2011
Created: 2011. -1 p
Creator(s): Gaillard, Melissa


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2011-01-27
14:21
Open up your mind! - CERN openlab Student Programme Leaflet 2011
Reference: Poster-2011-165
Keywords:  openlab  student programme  leaflet  2011
Created: 2011 . -2 p
Creator(s): Gaillard, Melissa


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2010-02-18
09:52
CERN GSM monitoring system
Reference: Poster-2010-141
Keywords:  GSM  monitoring system  GPRS  SMS  leaky feeder cable
Created: 2009. -1 p
Creator(s): Ghabrous Larrea, C

As a result of the tremendous development of GSM services over the last years, the number of related services used by organizations has drastically increased. Therefore, monitoring GSM services is becoming a business critical issue in order to be able to react appropriately in case of incident. In order to provide with GSM coverage all the CERN underground facilities, more than 50 km of leaky feeder cable have been deployed. This infrastructure is also used to propagate VHF radio signals for the CERN’s fire brigade. Even though CERN’s mobile operator monitors the network, it cannot guarantee the availability of GSM services, and for sure not VHF services, where signals are carried by the leaky feeder cable. So, a global monitoring system has become critical to CERN. In addition, monitoring this infrastructure will allow to characterize its behaviour over time, especially with LHC operation. Given that commercial solutions were not yet mature, CERN developed a system based on GSM probes and an application server which collects data from them via the CERN GPRS network. By placing probes in strategic locations and comparing measurements between probes, it is possible now possible to determine if there is a GSM or VHF problem on one leaky feeder cable segment. This system has been successfully working for several months in underground facilities, allowing CERN to inform GSM users and fire brigade in case of incidents.

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2009-07-02
10:52
Experience with Server Self Service Center (S3C)
Reference: Poster-2009-120
Keywords:  CERN  CHEP  virtualization  windows  hyper-v  vm  server  virtual
Created: 2009. -1 p
Creator(s): Sucik, J

CERN has a successful experience with running Server Self Service Center (S3C) for virtual server provisioning which is based on Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005. With the introduction of Windows Server 2008 and its built-in hypervisor based virtualization (Hyper-V) there are new possibilities for the expansion of the current service. This paper describes the architecture of the redesigned virtual Server Self Service based on Hyper-V which provides dynamically scalable virtualized resources on demand as needed and outlines the possible implications on the future use of virtual machines at CERN.

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