Major Review Meeting unveils
program of work with new partner Siemens
19th September 2008
CERN openlab held its 5th Major Review meeting on Sept. 18th
(these meetings were previously called “Quarterly”). In total,
in the morning, there were seven technical presentations which
covered the work done in openlab since the Annual Board meeting
One of the highlights was Renaud Barrillère’s talk about the
work in the area of controls that will now be started with
Siemens, the latest openlab partner. Renaud announced that
four posts have been opened (one staff and three fellows) to
cover all the activities that have been agreed.
Andrzej Nowak covered
the recent results in the Platform Competence Centre. Amongst
multiple other items, he mentioned that an Atom processor,
consuming only a few Watts, has been tested for throughput
computing and a report is forthcoming.
Lambert covered the Oracle activities in the DES group and
Eva Dafonte did the same for the DM group. Oracle Enterprise manager
is gathering momentum, allowing a scale-out in the management
domain without a need for additional manpower. Oracle Streams
continue to act as a vital underpinning for data replication
Max Böhm and
Daniel Rodrigues covered the work done
with EDS. GridMap has been adapted to several new deployment
areas and there is considerable interest in the product from
external partners (a separate news will follow).
covered the work in the Grid Operability Centre which has been
sponsored by HP Labs. Since no new proposals for collaboration
with HP Labs were accepted it is unlikely that they will be part
of openlab III (2009 – 2011).
Ryszard Jurga and
Milosz Hulboj described the progress made inside the CINBAD joint
project with HP Procurve. They reported that the data from
network monitoring is beginning to give interesting and
significant results (a separate new item will follow).
The meeting was followed by an aperitif to celebrate the
partnership with Siemens.
In the afternoon, a executive session focused on management
and communications aspects. In particular, a plan for improved
work methods between CERN and the partners was discussed and the
first achievements after the arrival of the newly recruited
communications officer were presented.