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Wednesday, July 12 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Best Practices in Science Gateway Job Management

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"As the number of science gateways expand, and use campus as well as national resources, campuses too are reaping benefits from gateways while facing challenges. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has operated a WebMO service for nearly ten years. The service is used for some research but predominantly for teaching, serving 500 students last academic year and 600 students this year. While widespread impact like this makes a very good story, challenges arise in both job management and user administration.

Despite the success of these organizations, for many, job management remains as much a challenge today as it was when the first gateways surfaced roughly two decades ago. Workflow management particularly restarting workflows with user intervention to drive a simulation cascade is still a challenge. Across the board, issues such as resource scarcity, security, co/scheduling, identity & environment management, reporting, data handling and transfer, monitoring, and quota enforcement are no longer exclusively the concern of virtual organizations and resource providers, they now impact any gateway trying to ensure a baseline quality of service for their users.

Is there a silver bullet for successful job management in science gateways? Probably not, but both the process and solution can be improved through awareness of battle-tested best practices, open dialog between resource consumers and resource providers, and leveraging the appropriate open source tooling for your project.

The BOF will be organized as an open forum for community discussion with possibility of short presentations about common topic threads and best practices. Questions will be encouraged from audience members, and over Twitter, both in advance and during the BOF. "

Wednesday July 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
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