Call Notes Dec. 9, 2011

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SURAgrid Cloud Options Working Group
Dec. 9, 2011 from 10:30AM - 11:30AM (Eastern Time).

On Call:

   Amit H. Kumar
   Art Vandenberg
   Dong Jeong
   Nian Zhang

AGENDA / Discussion:

1. Forming a Charter for SURAgrid Cloud Options Working Group

A key task for the working group is to form a charter of activities and future plans. Ideally, such a charter should be compatible to SURAgrid (see, for instance: A possible consideration is how to use and integrate existing institutional cloud resources (machines and researchers/students) into SURAgrid. To form a charter, it is important to be guided by standards (as discussed by Alan Sill and others during prior Oct. 17, 2011 meeting of SURAgrid Cloud Options WG.) The charter should be presented to the SURAgrid Governance Committee for review, comment and approval.

2. Forming a Standard

We discussed possibility of following SURAgrid Open Science Grid (OSG)’s Virtual Organization software and designing a software should be performed to support connecting all other institutions’ cloud computing facilities. It would be an advantage to have consistency and alignment with the OSG model. Additional considerations might include authentication issues, procedures to upload jobs (or software), and virtualization. A starting point might be authentication/authorization considerations using a certificate (such as the DOE cert that is consistent with SURAgrid OSG Virtual Organization) to get accessibility or upload jobs (software) to cloud.

3. Forming a Possible Directions

a. Connecting Existing Clouds

It is important to consider providing services for connecting existing clouds (including institutional and commercial clouds).

b. Combining Cloud Computing with Green Energy

Forming possible future researches is important to bring motivations to all participants. For instance, UDC is trying to build a combined cloud computing facility powered by sustainable energy (generated by solar panel, wind turbine, etc.).

c. Understanding Benefits and Limitations in Cloud

It is also important to identify success stories and/or challenges/problems that could help define/direct SURAgrid Cloud Options Working Group’s activities. Such benefit/limits definition would help scope the working group activities and make its charter clear to others who may wish to participate.

d. Initial Charter and Future Work

We agreed that initial charter and activities will serve to get the working group activities started. Future activities may, of course, be determined by progress with initial activities and interests of participating SURAgrid members.

4. Identifying Achievable Milestones

a. Among the listed items above, determining the road map (i.e. what should be performed by when) should be identified.

5. Scheduling a Regular-based Meeting

In the meeting, a regular meeting has been discussed and agreed: a monthly meeting every third Friday (10:30am-11:30am, Eastern Time).

Next meeting has been determined on January 20th, 2012.

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