Feedback requested: Service Desk website tool (ServiceNow) survey
Computing is starting a project to make the Service Desk website tool (ServiceNow) easier to use. Your input is important to us! Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey about the Service Desk website tool (ServiceNow) at SurveyMonkey by July 8.
Your feedback will help us determine what our biggest issues are today and to assess our progress in the future.
The annual INSPIRE Advisory Board meeting was held at SLAC in May. CCD's Heath O'Connell wrote a Fermilab Today article describing the main takeaways from the meeting.
The quarterly Women in Computing meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in FCC 1W and on Thursday, July 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in WH Snake Pit.
Rosetta Stone Language Learning Program online courses are now available through the Fermilab Library. Rosetta Stone offers a wide range of interactive language programs so you can easily start or continue learning a new language.
To access or find out more about the Rosetta Stone courses, contact the library by email at email@example.com, by phone at 630-840-3401, or stop by the library circulation desk located on the third-floor crossover of Wilson Hall.
The June edition of LARSoft Notes is now available. This month's feature article is "Opening the box: event reconstruction using Pandora."
FIFE Notes, a bimonthly newsletter for distributed computing at Fermilab, is now available. Articles include: "MINOS computing on the OSG," "FIFE workshop focuses on services and tutorials," "Fifemon," "MicroBooNE data processing for Neutrino 2016," "Docker on HPC," “Components in experiment’s workflow management systems infrastructure,” “Experience in production services” and "Best in Class" examples in distributed computing.
Come check out the digital sign in the FCC lobby area (on the lower right monitor). Do you have cool demos or graphs that you want to showcase on our digital sign or have suggestions for things you'd like to see? If so, please send them to Fang Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free posters of FCC, as pictured to the right, are available in FCC 1 West office 128. Stop by if you would like one!
(CCD/Information Systems/ Business Infrastructure Applications)
(5, 10, 15 & 20+ years)
Keith Coiley- 47 years
Etta Burns- 34 years
Nanette Larson- 34 years
Andrew Romero- 29 years
Jo Ann Larson- 27 years
Lisa Giacchetti- 26 years
John Inkmann- 15 years
Margaret Miller- 15 years
Timofey Zolkin- 10 years
After 28 years at Fermilab, Bob Andree retired on June 30.
After 47 years at Fermilab, Ron Cudzewicz retired on July 1.
Photo Courtesey of Reider Hahn
The recent severe storms serve as a reminder to review the FCC and Wilson Hall emergency procedures, which can be found on the Office of the Chief Information Officer, ES&H page under “Emergency Plans” (Services login required). Please take a moment to review them.
SCD's Gene Oleynik led a tour of GCC for two visiting high school students on June 28.
SCD's Leo Michelotti led a Q&A session with high school students visiting Fermilab from Holland, Michigan on May 6.
Now playing in the FCC lobby:
"Driving IT Value- Working on the Right Priorities," Tammy Whited, Pink16, Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 15. Services login required.
"Bringing Federated Identity to Grid Computing," Dave Dykstra, CISRC 16, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 6.
"Deploying a CMDB," Krysia Jacobs, NLIT 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 2.
From the CIO: New discoveries will require unprecedented computing
Chief Information Officer Rob Roser
As we are keenly aware, high-energy physics is entering a challenging and exciting period that should give us new insights into many of the fundamental mysteries of the Universe over the next decade. The LHC will enter its high luminosity phase providing statistical samples never before thought of. DUNE will turn on, and a new era in neutrino physics will begin. And LSST will help shape our understanding of dark energy. We are on the threshold of paradigm-shifting discoveries in any and perhaps all of these programs. Success in these endeavors, however, requires many tools of discovery. Forefront among them, as in so many scientific fields today, is a need to perform massive computations on an unprecedented scale and to collect, store and analyze complex datasets at never-before-seen rates and volumes.
To address these issues, the DOE Office of Science’s Office of High Energy Physics and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program are starting to consider a new scale of computing, exascale capability computing. ASCR and its commercial partners hope to have at least two computers in the US that are 500 times more powerful than Argonne’s current supercomputer, MIRA, within 10 years. To help you wrap your mind around a computer at this scale, imagine that five percent of an exascale machine would provide 50 times more computing than is currently available worldwide for LHC computing!
The high-energy physics community has historically leveraged super computing capabilities primarily to address theory and modeling tasks. However, as our thirst for more and more computing continues, HEP will need to learn how to leverage these types of machines for processing data and analysis, not just for simulation. To this end, the Scientific Computing Division has been working hard over the past six months to establish partnerships with ASCR in the exascale initiative. SCD has submitted white papers and detailed proposals in three different thrust areas that ASCR is looking to fund in 2016 including scientific projects that require exascale level computing, software R&D for exascale computing and establishing a co-design center. Each of these proposals explore a different aspect of exascale computing that HEP will need to focus on in order to be successful.
SCD holds the bulk of the scientific computing expertise across the field of high-energy physics. Thus, it is critical that we (SCD) engage with ASCR if we, as a field, are to be successful in making the paradigm shift necessary to fully exploit our scientific ambitions by the 2020s. These are very interesting times, and I am proud of the lead SCD is taking in this.
Service Operations Support/Authentication Services
It’s hard to believe I started my career at Fermilab almost 40 years ago as a computer operator in the Research Division. At that time, huge mainframe systems occupied Wilson Hall’s seventh and eighth floors and large quantities of paper and 1600-and 2400-foot reels of magnetic tape were used to record the results of the collider and fixed-target experiments. An IBM model 360/50 was the business computer, and a DEC PDP-10 that was booted up using paper tape were the systems I worked with.
Eventually, I became one of the first members of Computing’s Help Desk. For many years I provided tier-1- and tier-2-level IT support. For the past five years, I have managed the ServiceNow Technology Store, facilitating the provisioning of new Windows desktops, laptops, monitors and peripherals. I purchase and manage non-enterprise-wide software, and, as a member of the Authentication Services group, assist with Active Directory accounts and maintain ITIL documentation. As the eMarketplace automates more of the Technology Store processes, my goal is to transition more of my time and skills assisting the Authentication Services team where needed.
I feel blessed to have worked at Fermilab for as long as I have. I am rewarded every day knowing that I’ve been able to help someone seeking either information or to solve a problem for the purpose of furthering Fermilab’s mission.
For the past 28 years, I’ve volunteered my time and talents to American Turners, a non-for-profit organization of which I am the first vice president. Its motto of “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body” is demonstrated through physical activities for all ages. And last but not least, I provide care for my brother, Jere, who also worked at Fermilab for over 30 years.
Scientific Facilities/Data Movement and Storage/Data Movement Development
I came to Computing in 2000 to research heavy-flavor baryons in anticipation of the Run 2 data taking at CDF. My “service” work involved developing database schema for the data file catalog application as well as its C++ application programming interface. After the start of Run 2, I played a key role in transitioning the CDF data handling system to use Enstore and dCache for data archival and caching. At the same time, I was developing a tracking system for long-lived charged hyperons Ξ and Ω in the CDF Silicon Vertex Detector with the goal of using this technique to obtain pure samples of these particles to use in searches for their heavy-flavor parents. In 2007, by using these samples, I discovered the Ξb baryon, a particle consisting of b,s,d quarks. Also, I was working on the discovery of Σb baryons, measuring the Λb lifetime in the displaced track trigger sample, and searching for pentaquark states.
Since 2005, I have been working in the Data Movement Development group where I have two major responsibilities: the development of the Enstore hierarchical storage management system and serving as the technical lead on the dCache storage system. In a nutshell, Enstore manages files on tapes whereas dCache manages files in the disk cache. Together they represent the backbone of scientific data storage at Fermilab and currently hold more than 100 petabytes of data. One of the instances of dCache/Enstore operated by Fermilab is used by CMS T1 and therefore played a significant role in facilitating the discovery of the Higgs boson. Since 2013, the public dCache instance has been expanded more than 30-fold to serve the needs of the Intensity Frontier experiments. In addition, we provide active archival storage to external customers.
My day-to-day work involves a combination of strategic development planning, design and implementation of new features, troubleshooting and bug fixes as well as communication with customers and consulting administrators. To accomplish more things with less hands, we are embracing continuous integration, a streamlined code peer review process, and adopting “test before you code” and agile development methodologies.
In my spare time, I try to be a mentor to my children, and I enjoy a wide array of activities that allow me to relieve stress and stay healthy such as fixing cars, home improvement, skiing, hiking and learning how to develop Android apps.