Category Archives: GSoC 2009

Google Summer of Code 2009

ATLAS Software: How to run The Full Chain

During development, a system running ATLAS Software has to be tested and validated. There are some standard tests that almost don’t need any input data, stress the system and — if they run properly — are a (very) good indicator that everything is set up correctly. I talk about the so-called JobTransforms. By combining these JobTransforms, the so-called Full Chain can be run — a convenient test. In this blog post I summarize what’s behind the Full Chain and provide a shell script to easily run it. Continue reading

EC2: Install ATLAS Software to an EBS volume

In CernVM: local ATLAS Software — the clean solution I proposed to install an ATLAS Software release to an EBS volume. I did it to make it locally available in CernVM running on EC2. The approach allows to move an EBS volume from one EC2 instance to another without losing important components and functionality. Here are some hints (both, CernVM specific and general) to follow before installing the software via pacman. Continue reading

Amazon Web Services: about REST API, Query API, SOAP API and possible inconsistencies

In this blog post I dedicate myself to the definitions and differences of SOAP, Query and REST API you can use to manage Amazon Web Services. While digging into the topic, some confusion and questions came up, both of which I could clarify by reading a good book. It turns out that Amazon does not use consistent API terms and I would like to share this information. Continue reading

CernVM: how to set up a local ATLAS Software Release (dirty version)

One of the main features of CernVM is its special filesystem CVMFS with http backend (based on FUSE). Using CernVM in the standard way, the different experiment softwares work out-of-the-box and are made accessible over the web via CVMFS. Although this is a great feature, I like to set up an ATLAS Software release locally — as real offline version — to be independent of the software-providing webservers. Continue reading