News and Announcements from OSG Operations > GOC Service Update - Tuesday, August 22nd at 14:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, August 22nd at 14:00 UTC.
The GOC reserves 8 hours in the unlikely event unexpected problems are encountered.

Glidein
- Update GOC factory to use OSG 3.4 and HTCondor 8.6.

Repo
- Update createrepo rpm to properly cleanup temporary files after updates.

OIM
- Project name format update to include periods.

Ticket  
- Remove Gratia-Software as a contact option.

All Services 
- Operating system updates, reboots will be required. The usual HA mechanisms will be used, but some services will experience brief outages.

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Announcing OSG CA Certificate Update

We are pleased to announce a data release for the OSG Software Stack.
Data releases do not contain any software changes.

This release contains updated CA Certificates based on IGTF 1.85:
- Updated URL domain information for CyGrid (CY)

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/Release3422

Need help? Let us know:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/HelpProcedure

We welcome feedback on this release!

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > GUMS incompatibility with RHEL 7.4

Last week, Red Hat released Enterprise Linux 7.4 with a new SELinux policy that negatively affects some Tomcat web applications including GUMS. We recommend that sites running GUMS refrain from updating their GUMS hosts to CentOS, RHEL, or Scientific Linux 7.4 until we have released a fix.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at goc@opensciencegrid.org.

Condor Project News > Intel and Broad Institute identify HTCondor for Genomics Research ( August 10, 2017 )

Researchers and software engineers at the Intel-Broad Center for Genomic Data Engineering build, optimize, and widely share new tools and infrastructure that will help scientists integrate and process genomic data. The project is optimizing best practices in hardware and software for genome analytics to make it possible to combine and use research data sets that reside on private, public, and hybrid clouds, and have recently identified HTCondor on their web site as an open source framework well suited for genomics analytics.

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Announcing OSG Software version 3.3.27

We are pleased to announce OSG Software version 3.3.27.

Changes to OSG 3.3.27 include:
- Updated SELinux profile for HTCondor which is required on Red Hat 7.4
- HTCondor-CE: don't hold running jobs with expired proxy, other updates
- Default configuration improvements for condor-cron
- Several improvements to osg-configure
- Added blahp configuration option for PBS Pro
- Patched jGlobus so that proxies work with BeStMan
- HTCondor 8.4.12

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/Release3327

Need help? Let us know:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/HelpProcedure

We welcome feedback on this release!

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Announcing OSG Software version 3.4.2

We are pleased to announce OSG Software version 3.4.2.

Changes to OSG 3.4.2 include:
- Updated SELinux profile for HTCondor which is required on Red Hat 7.4
- HTCondor 8.6.5: important bug fixes, see release notes
- HTCondor-CE 3.0.1: added pilot payload auditing and other improvements
- Default configuration improvements for condor-cron
- Several improvements to osg-configure
- Added blahp configuration option for PBS Pro
- Reorganize the osg-ce packages

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/Release342

Need help? Let us know:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/HelpProcedure

We welcome feedback on this release!

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Apply for CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, Sao Paolo, 4-15 December 2017: Deadline 22 September

Applications are invited to participate in the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science which will be held at ICTP-SAIFR, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 4-15 December 2017.



Further information about the Sao Paolo edition of the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science is available at http://www.ictp-saifr.org/?page_id=15270



To apply you must use the online form which is available here http://ictp-saifr.org/sis/datasci2017step0.php 


The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.



About the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science
:

What can justly be called the ‘Data Revolution’ offers many opportunities coupled with significant challenges. High among the latter is the need to develop the necessary data professions and data skills.  Researchers and research institutions worldwide recognise the need to promote data skills and we see short courses, continuing professional development and MOOCs providing training in data science and research data management.



In sum, this is because of the realisation that contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, inter-disciplinary research challenges – cannot effectively be done without a range of skills relating to data.  These skills include the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques, software development and annotation, etc, etc. The ensemble of these skills, we define as ‘Research Data Science’, that is the science of research data: how to look after and use the data that is core to your research.



The CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science has developed a short course, summer school, style curriculum that addresses these training requirements.  The course partners Software Carpentry (using the Shell command line and GitHub), Data Carpentry (using R and SQL) and the Digital Curation Centre (research data management and data management plans) and builds on materials developed by these organisations.  Also included in the programme are modules on Open Science, ethics, visualisation, machine learning (recommender systems and artificial neural networks) and research computational infrastructures.



The school has been successfully piloted at ICTP in Trieste in 2016 and 2017.  The vision of the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is to develop into an international network which makes it easy for partner organisations and institutions to run the schools in a variety of locations.  The annual event at the ICTP in Trieste will serve as a motor for building the network and building expertise and familiarity with the initiative’s mission and objectives.  The core materials are made available for reuse and the co-chairs and Working Group team will provide guidance to assist partners in organising the school, in identifying instructors and helpers etc. The first school to expand this initiative will take place at ICTP-SAIFR (South American Institute of Fundamental Research), Sao Paolo, Brazil in December 2017.



Further information about the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is available at http://www.codata.org/working-groups/research-data-science-summer-schools



Short Report on the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, August 2016 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.835565



Programme for the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016 http://indico.ictp.it/event/7658/other-view?view=ictptimetable



Materials from the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016 https://zenodo.org/communities/codata-rda-research-data-science-summer-school/?page=1&size=20



Programme for the Second CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, July 2017 http://indico.ictp.it/event/7974/other-view?view=ictptimetable

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CODATA 2017 International Conference, ‘Global Challenges and Data-Driven Research’, Saint-Petersburg, 8-13 October: http://codata2017.gcras.ru/

What has CODATA delivered recently? See the CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2016 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.165830

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Dr Simon Hodson | Executive Director CODATA | http://www.codata.org

E-Mail: simon@codata.org | Twitter: @simonhodson99 | Skype: simonhodson99
Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96 | Tel (Cell): +33 6 86 30 42 59

CODATA (Committee on Data of the International Council for Science), 5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris, FRANCE

Condor Project News > Updated EL7 RPMs for HTCondor 8.4.12, 8.6.5, and 8.7.2 ( August 7, 2017 )

The HTCondor team has released updated RPMs for HTCondor versions 8.4.12, 8.6.5, and 8.7.2 running on Enterprise Linux 7. In the recent Red Hat 7.4 release, the updated SELinux targeted policy package prevented HTCondor's SELinux policy module from loading. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 systems running with SELinux enabled will require this update for HTCondor to function properly.

Condor Project News > HTCondor 8.6.5 released! ( August 1, 2017 )

The HTCondor team is pleased to announce the release of HTCondor 8.6.5. A stable series release contains significant bug fixes. Highlights of this release are: Fixed a memory leak that would cause the condor_collector to slowly grow; Prevent the condor_starter from hanging when using cgroups on Debian; Fixed several issues that occur when IPv6 is in use; Support for using an ImDisk RAM drive on Windows as the execute directory; Fixed a bug where condor_rm rarely removed another one of the user's jobs; Fixed a bug with parallel universe jobs starting on partitionable slots. More details about the fixes can be found in the Version History. HTCondor 8.6.5 binaries and source code are available from our Downloads page.

Pegasus news feed > Dr. Deelman and Pegasus contributions highlighted in the IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine

Dr. Ewa Deelman research contributions for support the efficient execution of scientific applications has been highlighted in the June edition of the IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine (Volume 11, Number 1). The article entitled ‘Super-Efficient Workflows: Deelman is impacting science applications‘ underlines Dr. Deelman’s research career, and in particular her singular contribution pioneering planning in scientific workflows. In addition, the article highlights Pegasus’ achievements in supporting diverse science domains, including the recent discovery of the Gravitational Waves.
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News and Announcements from OSG Operations > 3.3.26 and 3.4.1 Worker-node Tarballs Re-released

A minor configuration issue in the 3.3.26 and 3.4.1 worker-node tarballs
prevented the GFAL tools from functioning. We have created updated
tarballs with the correct configuration.

If you installed OSG worker-node tarballs directly, between July 12th and
18th, you should consider reinstalling them using the latest builds
(labeled as version 3.3.26-2 or 3.4.1-2). The tarball installations
on OASIS have been updated.

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > GOC Service Update - Tuesday, July 25th at 14:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, July 25 at 14:00 UTC. The GOC reserves 8 hours in the unlikely event unexpected problems are encountered.

All Services
Operating system updates, reboots will be required. The usual HA mechanisms will be used, but some services will experience brief outages.

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Announcing OSG CA Certificate Update

We are pleased to announce a data release for the OSG Software Stack.
Data releases do not contain any software changes.

This release contains updated CA Certificates based on IGTF 1.84:
- Updated ROSA root certificate with extended 20yr valitity (RO)
- Updated contact details for CyGrid CA following transition to CYNET (CY)
- Removed obsoleted KISTI-2007 trust anchor - replaced by KISTIv3 (KR)
- Removed expiring LACGrid trust anchor a9082267 (BR)
- Added UK Pathfinder AAAI CA 1 to unaccredited (misc) area (UK)

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/Release3412

Need help? Let us know:

https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/HelpProcedure

We welcome feedback on this release!

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Announcing OSG Software version 3.3.26

We are pleased to announce OSG Software version 3.3.26.

Changes to OSG 3.3.26 include:
- Bug fix in LCMAPS plugin that could cause the HTCondor-CE schedd to crash
- osg-configure uses the new GUMS JSON interface
- The BLAHP properly requests multi-core resources for Slurm batch systems
- HTCondor-CE: send memory requirements to batch systems, whole node jobs
- Gratia probes: support whole node jobs, can include ClassAd attributes
- Bug fix to CVMFS client to able to mount when large groups exist
- GridFTP server now correctly uses plugin configuration
- gridftp-dsi-posix replaces the xrootd-dsi plugin, see release notes
- Enhanced gridftp-dsi-posix: MD5 checksum, support XRootD space tokens
- Bug fix for HDFS NameNode LeaseManager to prevent endless loop

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:
https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/Release3326

Need help? Let us know:
https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/HelpProcedure

We welcome feedback on this release!

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > Announcing OSG Software version 3.4.1

We are pleased to announce OSG Software version 3.4.1.

Changes to OSG 3.4.1 include:
- Bug fix in LCMAPS plugin that could cause the HTCondor-CE schedd to crash
- osg-configure uses the new GUMS JSON interface
- The BLAHP properly requests multi-core resources for Slurm batch systems
- HTCondor-CE: send memory requirements to batch systems, whole node jobs
- Gratia probes: support whole node jobs, can include ClassAd attributes
- Bug fix to CVMFS client to able to mount when large groups exist
- GridFTP server now correctly uses plugin configuration
- gridftp-dsi-posix replaces the xrootd-dsi plugin, see release notes
- Enhanced gridftp-dsi-posix: MD5 checksum, support XRootD space tokens
- HTCondor 8.6.4: BOSCO now works without CA certificates on remote cluster
- HTCondor 8.7.2: introducing the 8.7 series in the upcoming repository

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:
https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/Release341

Need help? Let us know:
https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/HelpProcedure

We welcome feedback on this release!

News and Announcements from OSG Operations > OSG Support of the Globus Toolkit

Many in the OSG community have heard the news about the end of support for the open-source Globus Toolkit.

What does this imply for the OSG Software stack? Not much: OSG support for the Globus Toolkit (e.g., GridFTP and GSI) will continue for as long as stakeholders need it. Period.

Note the OSG Software team provides a support guarantee for all the software in its stack. When a software component reaches end-of-life, the OSG assists its stakeholders in managing the transition to new software to replace or extend those capabilities. This assistance comes in many forms, such as finding an equivalent replacement, adapting code to avoid the dependency, or helping research and develop a transition to new technology. During such transition periods, OSG takes on traditional maintenance duties (i.e., patching, bug fixes and support) of the end-of-life software. The OSG is committed to keep the software secure until its stakeholders have successfully transitioned to new software.

This model has been successfully demonstrated throughout the lifetime of OSG, including for example the five year transition period for the BestMan storage resource manager. The Globus Toolkit will not be an exception. Indeed, OSG has accumulated more than a decade of experience with this software and has often provided patches back to Globus.

Over the next weeks and months, we will be in contact with our stakeholder VOs, sites, and software providers to discuss their requirements and timelines with regard to GridFTP and GSI.

Please reach out to goc@opensciencegrid.org with your questions, comments, and concerns.

A copy of this statement can be found at https://opensciencegrid.github.io/technology/policy/globus-toolkit.


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