Best in Class

Experiment with the most opportunistic hours December 2016 – February 2017

The experiment with the most opportunistic hours on OSG between Dec. 1, 2016 and Feb. 1, 2017 was Mu2e with 2,066,794 hours.
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Most efficient big non-production users December 2016 – February 2017

The most efficient big non-production users on GPGrid who used more than 100,000 hours since Dec. 1, 2016 are listed in the included table.
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Most efficient experiments December 2016 – February 2017

The most efficient experiments on GPGrid that used more than 100,000 hours since Dec. 1, 2016 were LArIAT (92.73%) and Mu2e (90.03%).
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This newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Shreyas Bhat
  • Dennis Box
  • Lisa Giacchetti
  • Ken Herner
  • Mike Kirby
  • Tanya Levshina
  • Kevin Retzke
  • Jeny Teheran
  • Margaret Votava

We welcome articles you might want to submit. Please email fife-support@fnal.gov.

Feature Articles

Security basics for scientists and anyone who uses the scientific tools

On Dec. 7, during Computer Security Awareness Day 2016,  Jeny Teheran presented the talk titled “Security Basics for scientists and anyone who uses the scientific tools”. The focus of this presentation was to explain basic security concepts that scientists encounter every day while working at Fermilab, such as Kerberos tickets, certificates and proxies.

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SCPMT17 is just around the corner

The annual Scientific Computing Portfolio Management Team (SCPMT) review is scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24. This review helps develop the M&S purchases and SCD service directives for the following fiscal year(s), e.g., SCPMT17 helps to develop the FY18 and FY19 plans. In preparation, all experiments that use computing resources fill out a resource request spreadsheet. Experiments also register for the services they intend to use. The figure included shows the number of SCD services each experiment is using.
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Jobsub Status and Future Plans

The Jobsub high-availability servers have recently completed their third year as FIFE's  preferred batch submission systems to the OSG.  We have worked to achieve a good balance between user convenience, security, service availability and resource utilization.  Experience and high user load have taught us where improvements are needed.
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GrafanaCon 2016

  Last December, Kevin Retzke traveled to New York to speak about Fermilab and Fifemon at GrafanaCon, the annual gathering of Grafana users and developers. Everyone was excited to learn more about Fermilab’s scientific mission, and how Grafana is being used to monitor scientific computing.
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About FIFE


FIFE provides collaborative scientific-data processing solutions for Frontier Experiments.

FIFE takes the collective experience from current and past experiments to provide options for designing offline computing for experiments. It is not a mandate from Scientific Computing Division about how an experiment should or should not design their offline computing. FIFE is modular so experiments can take what they need, and new tools from outside communities can be incorporated as they develop.

Please click HERE for detailed documentation on the FIFE services and tools.