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26 January 2012
Gillian Sinclair

The NGS grid resource management seminars

The UK's National Grid Service will be hosting a short online seminar series at the beginning of February highlighting the recent developments in the UK for accessing and managing grid resources.

The NGS will be hosting a short online seminar series at the beginning of February highlighting the recent developments in the UK for accessing and managing grid resources. The seminars are aimed at interested parties from the grid community and further afield who are interested in access management. The seminars will be broadcast online on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am (GMT) and will last for 30mins with an opportunity for questions. They will also be recorded and be available after the event.

1st February - Shibboleth Access to Resources on the NGS – Mike Jones, NGS, University of Manchester

This talk will demonstrate how it is possible to access and use NGS resources using institutional login credentials (via the UK Access Management Federation).
It will describe how the UK's two main e-Science authentication systems are combined to form an easy to use yet robust identity management environment. It will discuss how this mechanism links together with system, project and Virtual Organisation (VO) registration procedures.

8th February - Certificate Management in the UK - John Kewley, NGS, STFC Daresbury

The NGS helpdesk receives many tickets relating to certificates (and certificate renewal in particular): largely due to browser incompatibilities. In order to tackle this problem, the NGS has devised CertWizard which is a browser-independent certificate tool.
The presentation will give an introduction to the UK e-Science CA, which has issued over 30,000 certificates, and its associated software and interfaces, including CertWizard.
It will show how modernisations are being made at various stages of the certificate lifecycle, making it easier than ever for users to manage their e-Science Certificate.

15th February - Moonshot - next generation federated identity - Josh Howlett, JANET

Federated identity yields significant benefits for users and services by increasing the usability of services, reducing identity management costs and improving regulatory compliance. A number of different technical strategies for federating identity have emerged during the past decade, with differing levels of success. These technologies address different types of use case, resulting in significant complexity for both users, services and trust infrastructure providers.

This complexity impedes the adoption of services and increasing operational costs. Moreover, there are many use cases where these technologies do not provide a solution.
Project Moonshot is an ambitious Janet-led initiative, building on existing deployed technologies, that aim to develop a single unified and standardised approach that satisfies all of the authentication and authorisation requirements of the education & research community. Much of the technology has now been implemented, and is now being tested within the Janet Moonshot Technology Pilot.

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the motivating use cases for Moonshot and an overview of the technology and the implementation.

How to take part

To join the seminar please use EVO which requires free registration. We recommend that you do this at least a day in advance of the seminar. To join the seminar please go to http://bitly.com/EVOUrbis which will take you directly to the seminar room.

The seminar will also be available through Access Grid. Using the Access Grid toolkit join the "VRVS - Urbis" Virtual Venue. If you are using IOCOM you'll find this Venue in the UK shared Venues drop-down list.

If you have any questions regarding the seminar please contact the NGS helpdesk.