Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GOC Service Update Tuesday, July 26th at 13:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, July 26th at 13:00 UTC. The GOC reserves 8 hours in the unlikely event unexpected problems are encountered.

Condor Collector
Adding the service to new content management system.

Adding the service to new content management system.

No longer suppress emails during the host cert request process when the submitter is a GA

StashCache Redirector
Adding the service to new content management system.

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

Planned Retirement of OSG BDII Information Service (is.grid.iu.edu) - March 31st, 2017

OSG Collaborators,

OSG Operations and Technology are planning the retirement of the BDII information service located at is.grid.iu.edu on March 31st, 2017. We have been working with WLCG, ATLAS and CMS to remove dependencies or replace the functionality within our HTCondor Collector service. This work is still ongoing. This message is to alert you to the upcoming deprecation date and to get feedback on any other existing dependencies that might exist to the BDII.

If you are dependent in any way on the OSG BDII or information the OSG BDII supplies to the WLCG or EGI BDIIs please contact us at goc@opensciencegrid.org.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Requested Update of CVMFS Client Version for NoVA experiment

FabrIc for Frontier Experiments (FIFE) and the NoVA experiment are dependent on CVMFS Client version 2.2.3 or later.
OSG Operations requests all sites that would like to support FIFE and NoVA workflows update to the latest version of the CVMFS Client.
Details on the current release and update instructions can be found at

Thank you for your effort in keeping your OSG installation up to date.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Announcing OSG Software versions 3.3.14 and 3.2.40

We are pleased to announce OSG Software versions 3.3.14 and 3.2.40.

Both 3.3.14 and 3.2.40 include:
* CA certificates based on IGTF 1.75

Changes to OSG 3.3.13 include:
* HTCondor 8.4.8: bug fixes for bosco, schedd crash, memory leak using python
* GlideinWMS Improved efficiency, works with any HTCondor version
* HTCondor-CE 2.0.7: Add htcondor-ce-bosco sub-package
* BLAHP 1.18.21: SLURM improvements
* gridFTP 7.30-1.2: adler32 checksum support, fix deadlock
* osg-configure 1.4.1: improved configuration of bosco, GUMS
* xrootd-voms-plugin 0.4.0: added support for 'all' group selection
* osg-system-profiler 1.4.0: detect unconfigured trustmanager
* gridFTP-HDFS 0.5.4: fixed ability to list/remove empty directories
* cvmfs-config-osg 1.2.5: use new CVMFS fall-back policies
* bigtop-utils: Fix default JAVA_HOME to prevent crash in hdfs utils
* osg-voms 3.3-3: Remove voms-admin (EL7 only)

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


Need help? Let us know:


We welcome feedback on this release!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Registration open for free Workflows Workshop

Registration is now open for a free Workflows Workshop to be held August 9-10 at multiple institutions across the country. Sponsored by the Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project, this workshop will provide an overview of workflows and how they can enhance research productivity.  

A general session on the value of workflows will be followed by presentations and hands-on sessions with six different workflows.  The objective is to assist the community in understanding the capabilities of these various workflows and to get people started with their usage. These include:
- General overview of workflows; Why use them?, presented by Scott Callaghan, University of Southern California
- Copernicus, presented by Peter Kasson, University of Virgini
- Galaxy, presented by Dave Clements, Johns Hopkins University
- Makeflow/WorkQueue, presented by Nicholas Hazekamp, University of Notre Dame
- Pegasus, presented by Karan Vahi and Mats Rynge, Information Sciences Institute
- RADICAL Cybertools, presented by Shantenu Jha, Rutgers University
- Swift, presented by Mike Wilde, Argonne National Laboratory

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period to address questions from the community. Additional information on the workshop is available at https://sites.google.com/a/illinois.edu/workflows-workshop/home

The sites hosting this workshop include:
Georgia State University
NCSA  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michigan State University
Oklahoma State University
Purdue University
Stanford University
Texas Tech University
University of Kentucky
University of Houston
University of Utah
University of Wyoming

You may register for this workshop through the XSEDE User Portal at: https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar by August 2, 2016. There is a registration button for each site, be sure you select the site where you will be attending.

The Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project is supported by the National Science Foundation (awards OCI-0725070 and ACI-1238993) and the state of Illinois. Blue Waters is a joint effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

GOC Service Update Tuesday, July 12th at 13:00 UTC

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, July 12th at 13:00 UTC. The GOC reserves 8 hours in the unlikely event unexpected problems are encountered.

Adding PNG image generation capability (deferred from previous release)

Reinstalling oasis-login with new management system

Friday, July 1, 2016

OSG Security Position Posting at Indiana University

As of OSG year 5, the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity
Research (CACR) is joining the OSG security team. As part of that effort,
CACR has an open position (closing July 7th) suitable for an
entry-to-medium level analyst.

We would encourage anyone in the community with interest in this position
to apply. If you know someone who might be interested in the position to
please point them to the link listed below: