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Globus @ Stanford: A Web Site for Globus Users

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This presentation was given at the 2019 GlobusWorld Conference in Chicago, IL by Karl Kornel from Stanford University.

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Globus @ Stanford: A Web Site for Globus Users

  1. 1. Globus @ Stanford STANFORD RESEARCH COMPUTING CENTER A website for Globus users Karl Kornel Stanford Research Computing Center
  2. 2. Why Do This?
  3. 3. Globus tells you how to do X Our site tells you have to do X at Stanford
  4. 4. Example: Firewall Globus provides ports We provide rules ▸ We also provide ticket references Records of past communications with MedIRT Globus tells you how to do X Our site tells you have to do X at Stanford
  5. 5. Large Population 18,000 Faculty & Students
  6. 6. Large Population 18,000 Faculty & Students Distributed Support Tens of IT groups 1000+ employees in 'IT' positions
  7. 7. Distributed Support Tens of IT groups 1000+ employees in 'IT' positions Large Population 18,000 Faculty & Students Small Team Less than 20
  8. 8. The Site
  9. 9. GitHub Pages Limited hosting options ▸ Static sites in AFS (old, uncertain future) ▸ Cloud-based Drupal (limited, Stanford-only) ▸ Custom server (too much) GitHub Pages ▸ Cloud-based ▸ Local development (using Ruby & Jekyll) ▸ Open to changes
  10. 10. GitHub Issues Track Work ▸ Store notes for complex changes ▸ Positive feedback loop with clients ("Everyone" has a GitHub account) MinSec Compliance ▸ Link changes back to requirements ▸ "n/a" requirements logged with reason ▸ Incomplete requirements noted
  11. 11. Organization
  12. 12. The Server Section (aka Globus Connect Server) The biggest section on the site ▸ Complete instructions vs. "Read this, but change X" We want email & department info We want encryption, and TLS 1.1+ ▸ MinSec Requirements for *aaS products Guide through authentication methods ▸ Local Clusters sometimes means Local Logins
  13. 13. The Client Section (aka Globus Connect Personal) The smallest section on the site ▸ Complete instructions vs. "Read this, but change X" ▸ Link to Globus for things like Sharing We still want email & department info Warn about data risk level
  14. 14. The Scenarios Section (aka "How Do I…?") The biggest page on the site ▸ Started as a task list ▸ Morphed into a general FAQ Entries grouped by section ▸ Matched to site layout New entries to be added over time ▸ Also includes support questions
  15. 15. Support Problem-solving Problem-routing ▸ Address common problems immediately ▸ Link to other pages ▸ Link to Google Groups ▸ Identify Contacts
  16. 16. THANKS! Have a look, submit feedback https://github.com/stanford-rc/globus.stanford.edu Submit a GitHub Issue Or reach out at akkornel@stanford.edu
  17. 17. The Accounts Section Some people don't run GCP/GCS ▸ Shared endpoint administrators ▸ Pipeline/Workflow developers Some people have existing accounts ▸ XSEDE Users

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