Evaluation of using XD TAS (Technology Auditing Service) in FutureGrid

Project Details

Project Lead
Charng-Da Lu 
Project Manager
Charng-Da Lu 
Supporting Experts
Fugang Wang, Gregor von Laszewski  
Institution
SUNY, SUNY  
Discipline
Computer Science (401) 

Abstract

This project will explore how to utilize the XD TAS (Technology Auditing Service) framework as part of FG and identify if modifications to TAS need to be made in order to fulfill the needs of FutureGrid.

Intellectual Merit

Such a system is not available at this time in TG nor in other projects. There are only indifidually managed log files in the various cloud environments. Furthermore, we will help with the integration of auditing mechanisms into the HPC side of FG.

Broader Impacts

Users of FG will be able to visualize a lot of data related to usage of hardware and services. This data can be exposed based on role based access control. We will be working with the FG team to identify the security implications for authentication and authorization.

Scale of Use

The scale will be low, we need mostly access the services. We will be working together with the system administrators to decide who we can report the data and build a data collection service for auditing events.

Results

We have been running application kernels on FG systems for the past two years and we have collected their performance data, which can be viewed at XDMoD website (http://xdmod.ccr.buffalo.edu). We plan to continue running (and expanding) our set of application kernels and analyze the cause of performance fluctuations.