Integrated automation for configuration management and operations in the ATLAS online computing farm
Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics,
2 University of Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Sezione di Bologna, Italy
4 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
5 CERN, Switzerland
6 INFN Gruppo Collegato di Udine and Università di Udine, Italy
7 University of California Irvine, United States of America
8 University of Washington, United States of America
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Published online: 17 September 2019
The online farm of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, consisting of nearly 4000 PCs with various characteristics, provides configuration and control of the detector and performs the collection, processing, selection, and conveyance of event data from the front-end electronics to mass storage. Different aspects of the farm management are already accessible via several tools. The status and health of each node are monitored by a system based on Icinga 2 and Ganglia. PuppetDB gathers centrally all the status information from Puppet, the configuration management tool used to ensure configuration consistency of every node. The in-house Configuration Database (ConfDB) controls DHCP and PXE, while also integrating external information sources. In these proceedings we present our roadmap for integrating these and other data sources and systems, and building a higher level of abstraction on top of this foundation. An automation and orchestration tool will be able to use these systems and replace lengthy manual procedures, some of which also require interactions with other systems and teams, e.g. for the repair of a faulty node. Finally, an inventory and tracking system will complement the available data sources, keep track of node history, and improve the evaluation of long-term lifecycle management and purchase strategies.
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