What to expect when you’re registered for the fifth annual FIFE workshop

For the fifth year running, the FIFE group (http://fife.fnal.gov/) is holding an early summer workshop for experiment analyzers, offline coordinators and Scientific Computing Division service providers. The FIFE workshop will take place June 21-22, 2017 in the Building 327 video conference room (a.k.a. the CDF Big Room).  

The goal of the workshop is to help experiments implement and integrate common SCD services into their computing workflows at all levels along with introducing new service features and newly deployed services. Based on feedback from from last year’s attendees, we have made some changes and placed more emphasis on tutorials. The first day of the workshop will start with a meet and greet to allow attendees to get familiar with experts and other attendees. The first day will also be focused on issues faced by experiment offline and production coordinators, new services and plans for future improvements. The second day of the workshop will be focused on analyzers’ workflows and tutorials. While everyone is welcome to attend all sessions, the division is designed to match the material discussed to the audience in attendance.

Keeping up with experiment needs and implementing new ideas is an important part of the FIFE project. In order to ensure that the roadmap of the FIFE project continues to be aligned with the computing models of experiments, the workshop will begin with discussion of experiment offline and production coordination. Presentations on the first day will be focused on production best practices and newly deployed services. In the afternoon, there will be presentations about future services and the roadmap for the FIFE project. Based on feedback from last year, there will be additional time scheduled between talks for discussion and feedback from experiments. Topics covered during this first day include, but are not limited to, HEPCloud, GPU access, data storage, security services, Production Operations Management Service (POMS) and Continuous Integration (CI).

The most common feedback received on last year’s workshop was the request for more tutorials and opportunity to consult with experts. Therefore, the second day of the workshop will be focused exclusively on tutorials and expert consultations in the afternoon. And new this year, we are requesting that the experimenters and FIFE stakeholders email requests for tutorials ahead of the workshop. Please email your request for a tutorial or best practices talk to Mike Kirby, Tanya Levshina, and Margaret Votava before June 1, 2017 so that we can develop tutorials or examples for your question. Tutorials are already planned for OSG job submission, SAM4Users and FIFE Monitoring (Fifemon).

Remember that registration is free to everyone, and all are welcome to attend all sessions. We advise you to review the agenda in order to optimally take advantage of the sessions that meet your interests. Registration and the full agenda is available here (https://fife.fnal.gov/register/). We look forward to another productive FIFE workshop and helping experiments on the path to new publications and measurements!


— Ken Herner and Mike Kirby