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Panofsky Auditorium
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

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Monday, October 4

9:15 Helga Schwendicke (DESY) Status Report - Windows NT at DESY [Powerpoint] 
9:30 Christian Trachimow (DESY) NT Application Support - Status and Future Developments [Powerpoint 
Status report, Migration to NetInstall5, Microsoft Installer and the application support in the future
10:00 Henner Bartels (DESY) NT based Web services & Web based domain management [Powerpoint 
IIS 4.0, Windows Load Balancing Service, XML, domain management
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Chris Brew (RAL) Microsoft Terminal Server [Powerpoint 
Current use of and plans for Microsoft Terminal Server at CLRC.
11:30 Greg Daly (SLAC) Update on SLAC WTS Farm [Powerpoint 
Review of 2 WTS/MetaFrame server farms. Use of the farms as part of a secured business application environment and as part of a thin-client alternative for NT applications on Mac, LINUX/UNIX desktops. Provide information on configuration and deployment challenges of over-the-wire application services for SLAC's core business processing suite with PeopleSoft
12:30LunchSLAC Cafeteria
14:00 David Salmon (RAL) RAL NT Farm Update [PowerPoint 
The RAL NT farm has recently been upgraded with the addition of 10 dual-cpu PCs with 450MHz processors giving a five-fold increase in capacity. I will report on the current hardware configuration and discuss some of the issues the upgrade has raised, including my experiences with the ImageCast software which has been used replicate the systems. I will also mention the preparations being made on the farm for production of simulation data for LHCb.
14:30 Tony Johnson (SLAC) Code Development on NT [Powerpoint 
Experiences of code development in C++ and Java on NT, plus a Java data server on NT for remote collaborators.
15:00 Freddie Chow (SLAC) Microsoft Systems Management Server Implementation at SLAC [Powerpoint 
15:30Coffee Break
16:00 Gian Piero Sirolli (INFN) Status of NICE/NT at INFN [Powerpoint 
16:20PanelSupport of W95/W98/NT4 Laptops and Remote Users  
John Gordon RAL/ITD [Presentation] [Powerpoint]
Chris Brew RAL/PPD [presentation] [Powerpoint]
Alan SilvermanCERN

Tuesday, October 5

9:00 Christian Trachimow (DESY) A scripting host for domain automation tasks [Powerpoint]
Transaction Server / Message Queue Server, Security, synchronous and asynchronous execution of scripts, event driven execution
9:30 Tami Kramer (CERN) The Fight Against Viruses [Powerpoint 
The fight against viruses on NICE PC's at CERN.
10:00 Jack Schmidt (FNAL) Commerical Products for Security [Powerpoint 
Experiences with commercial products for Security- STAT (Security Test and Analysis Tool) and SPQuery (identifies what patch level a system is at as well as pushing out patches.)
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Jack Schmidt (FNAL)) Domain Migration to Windows 2000 [Powerpoint]
How to Merge NT4 domains using basic tools, and whether to do this before Windows 2000.
11:30 Alan Silverman (CERN) CERN's New Windows Strategy [Powerpoint 
(Author: Frederic Hemmer, CERN) CERN bases its Windows architecture today on a client/server model (NICE) which has been described fully in previous HEPNT and CHEP meetings. We review the current status and options for moving forward both client and server parts weighing the pros and cons of each option. Finally we present our recommendation for the next 12-24 months in advance of a full Windows 2000-based solution.
12:00 Dora Merelli, Saclay, DAPNIA Deploying Windows 2000 [Powerpoint 
We are trying to see how to deploy Windows 2000 Professional (in the NICE environment), without (for the moment) having any Win2000 Domain.
12:30LunchSLAC Cafeteria
14:00 Rand Morimoto Migration to Windows 2000 in Large Research Environments [Powerpoint 
The talk will address suggested migration paths from Windows NT4 to Windows 2000, suggested implementation paths, and real life experience from working with 7 major companies in planning and migration (a combined 185,000 seats of Windows and Unix users). It will also cover integrating a Windows 2000 environment into an existing Unix-based DNS enterprise. Rand is the author of Osborne McGraw's 900-page book titled "Windows 2000 Design and Migration"
15:30Coffee Break
16:00PanelWindows 2000 Panel
Jack Schmidt FNAL [Presentation]
Jeff LwinSLAC
David Kelsey RAL [Presentation]
Tami KramerCERN
Christian TrachimowDESY [Presentation]
Ross WilperStanford University

Wednesday, October 6

9:00 Richard Mount Welcome/Computing at SLAC [Powerpoint 
Richard Mount, the Director of SLAC Computer Services, will welcome the attendees to this joint meeting of HEPNT and HEPiX, and will talk about some of the developments in physics and computing at SLAC.
9:30 Helene Jamet (IN2P3) LDAP Progress Report [Powerpoint 
  • LDAP servers deployement over IN2P3 laboratories
  • our LDAP Web interface tools
  • LDAP HEP directory service ?
10:00 Warren Mathews (SLAC) HEP Networking [Powerpoint 
The performance of networks used by HEP and in particular the feasibility of the goals for Wide Area Networking in the computer model for BaBar and future accelerators.
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Wolfgang Friebel (DESY) Towards a tool for common sysadmin tasks under UNIX and NT - A Proposal [Powerpoint 
The commercially available System Administration tools are expensive and do not cover all of our needs. It is proposed to build our own tools by heavily using already available software. One option - starting with an OO design and perl based code is discussed in more detail.
11:30Joseph Palumbo (Caspur) Project GENTES: AFS authentication for Windows NT [Powerpoint 
The CASPUR AFS Gina is a DLL (derived from ND_gina by G.L. Dobbins) that replaces the standard Windows NT authentication module. This module allows an AFS user to login on a Win NT machine, even if he does not have a local account and maps the user AFS home directory on a local logical drive (P:). Moreover, all the user desktop/applications settings are preserved between logons.
12:00 John Gordon (RAL) A Firewall for Cheapskates
Worried by prevalence of malicious scanning attacks, too poor to buy a profesional firewall solution capable of handling a busy site and afraid of the complexity of it, CLRC has implemented a strategy of router filters to offer some protection. This talk describes what we did and why and where we are going now.
12:30LunchSLAC Cafeteria
14:00 Bob Cowles (SLAC) Methods for ridding HEP Sites of Cleartext Passwords [Powerpoint 
Matt Crawford (FNAL) A Comparison of Password Vulnerabilities [Powerpoint 
This talk will compare the threats of password compromise under several different authentications schemes, including traditional Unix, Unix with SSH, Windows NT, Kerberos, and hardware token systems.
Ian Bird (JLAB) Jefferson Lab's password security implementation  
Matt Crawford (FNAL) Kerberos Implementation at Fermilab [Powerpoint 
Fermilab's pilot implementation of Kerberos will be presented. It includes features to guard against accidental exposure of Kerberos passwords and to allow secure access by users who have no special software available. Future development directions will be included as time permits.
Wolfgang Friebel (DESY) Securing Mail Access with Kerberos and SSL [Powerpoint 
Alf Wachsmann (DESY) Kerberos Implementation at DESY   
Alan Silverman (CERN) Authentication at CERN   
15:30Coffee Break
16:00 Chuck Boeheim (SLAC) Tour of SLAC
We will have a walking tour to some of SLAC's experimental areas. We will start from the auditorium lobby at 16:00 and walk to IR-2 to see the BaBar control room, and to the Collider Hall to see the SLD detector. The hardy walkers may continue to see the accelerator housing. The walk is about 10 minutes each way.
19:00Workshop Dinner at Scott's Seafood

Thursday, October 7

9:00Site Reports
Chuck Boeheim SLAC [Powerpoint] 
Thorsten Kleinwort DESY  
Wojciech Wojcik CCIN2P3 [Powerpoint 
Michel Jouvin LAL [Powerpoint 
Alan Silverman CERN [Powerpoint 
Lisa Giacchetti FNAL [Powerpoint 
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Site Reports
Thomas Davis LBL  
John Gordon RAL  
Sandy Philpott JLAB [Powerpoint 
Ed McFadden BNL [Powerpoint 
11:45 Ian Bird An Alternative to LSF [Powerpoint 
Ian will talk about work at Jefferson Lab on alternative batch systems.
12:00 Chuck Boeheim Joint Linux Projects  
Some people have expressed interest in a project to jointly develop a HEP Linux environment. This session will attempt to assess interest in such a project and form up a working group. A mailing list has been set up to continue discussions, named hepix-linux@slac.stanford.edu. See http://www.slac.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/lwgate/HEPIX-LINUX/ for subscription and archive information.
12:30LunchSLAC Cafeteria
14:00 Chafia Tifra (IN2P3) IN2P3 ATM Network [Powerpoint  
14:30 Jean-Rene Rouet (CCIN2P3) HelpDesk System at CCIN2P3 [Powerpoint 
The helpdesk system at CCIN2P3 is an application developed by CCIN2P3 engineers on a UNIX based system. This application uses WEB and Database technologies. The talk will present information on our goals and a description of the system as well as a demonstration.
15:00 Philippe Defert (CERN) An HEPiX X11 desktop project: pros and cons [Powerpoint 
A small introduction to GNOME and KDE will be followed followed by an update to the talk given at HEPiX in RAL (April 99). A discussion will then be started with the following questions:
  • Do we need standardisation for desktop environments ?
  • Do we start a follow to HEPiX X11: the HEPiX X11 Desktop project ?
15:30Coffee Break
16:00 Steve Salkeld (Platform) LSF Futures  
17:00 Chuck Boeheim LSF User's Group
Current and prospective users of LSF will meeting with Platform Computing representatives to work on possible common licensing terms for HEP sites.

Friday, October 8

9:00 Dane Skow (Fermi) Linux Cluster Tools Development [Powerpoint]
I will review experiences and projects underway at FNAL for larger scale (300+ node) linux farms deployment. We have implemented a workgroup customization feature witin our site installation facility. We are working on further simplifications of (re)installations and configuration management. We are just beginning an upgrade of our monitoring tools
9:30 Thomas Davis Linux and NFS  
This talk will focus on issues involving the performance of NFS on the LINUX platform. Differences in performance and upcoming improvements in the linux client will be discussed. Benefits of using knfs for the linux server will all be addressed.
10:00 Otis Graf (IBM) HPSS Status [Powerpoint 
Otis will discuss HPSS Releases, requirements, status, and installations.
10:30Coffee Break
11:00 Nicholas Sauter (SSRL) Remote Collaboration Environment for Protein Crystallography [Powerpoint 
Four X-ray beamlines at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory are dedicated to atomic structure determination of biological macromolecules. Over 200 outside groups are scheduled annually for shifts which typically last 2 days. This high throughput environment poses several computing challenges: First, the users need to communicate with outside collaborators. We have developed a distributed control system to allow remote monitoring (including live video), and equipment manipulation. Second, ~20 Tbytes /year of data must be archived, which will require the high capacity HPSS tape system at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Finally, researchers need to access data regardless of whether they are on-site, for which purpose we are making NT and Unix platforms available through the internet.
11:30 John Gordon (RAL) A UK Data Facility for BaBar [Powerpoint 
RAL's HEP facilities have hitherto been for the use of all HEP experiments. The particular demands of BaBar, both in terms of amounts of data and the use of Objectivity, have forced us to set up a dedicated facility for UK BaBar physicists. This presentation describes the issues, the Sun-based solution, and the work still to be done to provide access to multi-Terabytes for UK physicists.
12:00 Randall Burris (Oak Ridge) Testbed for High Performance Storage [Powerpoint 
As computers become more capable, researchers of all types are finding it necessary to store massive quantities of data generated by simulations or experiments and to retrieve them at high rate for analysis or visualization. As a consequence, strong needs have arisen for storage systems tuned for particular needs; significant improvements in storage speed and access control; database management systems capable of use with hierarchical storage systems; utilization of new media and new types of storage devices and development; and testing and use of user-written storage applications. The Office of Science has established Probe as a testbed for challenging storage projects. Probe has installations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Both sites will be using High Performance Storage System (HPSS) software for investigations into optimizing data rates utilizing data-moving servers from various vendors, for proof-of-principle and optimization studies of applications with intense storage needs, for very high rate transfers to visualization systems, for tuning high data rate transfers over next-generation wide-area networks and for studies of a variety of storage interfaces and devices. This presentation will describe the two installations, tests that are already planned and projects which we believe will benefit from the use of the facility.
12:30LunchSLAC Cafeteria
13:30 Andy Hanushevsky (SLAC) OOFS Users Meeting [Powerpoint]
An opportunity for people involved in implementation of OOFS at other sites to meet to discuss implementation issues.
14:00 Don Petravick (FNAL) Status of the ENSTORE Project and HPSS at FNAL  
14:20 Martin Gasthuber (DESY) The Eurostore Project  
14:40 Tony Cass (CERN) The CASTOR Project [Powerpoint 
15:00 Tony Cass (CERN) HPSS Experience at CERN [Powerpoint 
15:20Coffee Break
15:50 Rolf Rumler (IN2P3) BaBar Storage at Lyon [Powerpoint]   
16:10 Andy Hanushevsky (SLAC) Mass Storage for BaBar at SLAC [Powerpoint]   
16:30 Razvan Popescu (BNL/RHIC) Mass Storage at RHIC [Powerpoint]   
16:50 Fabrizio Gagliardi (CERN) Closing Remarks   

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