LSC Data Grid (6 sources) Load


General Information
LSC LIGO Scientific Collaboration
LIGO-Hanford Observatory
LIGO-Livingston Observatory

DataGrid Details

What is LSC DataGrid?
LDG Clusters Usage [Ganglia]
Available Data per site
Grid Service Details [Monitoring]

User Manual

How to get started
Install Data Grid Client
Getting Certificates
Account Request
SSH Login Portal
CVS/Bug Account Request
Request Software changes to SCCB

Admin Manual [(*) = optional]

Install DataGrid Server
Get server certificates
Configure/deploy Condor
Include site into Grid Monitoring
Graceful Condor shutdown
(*) Configure/deploy CondorView
(*) Configure Condor Flocking
(*) CondorC on LDG
LAMS / VOMS Admin [LSC internal]
Syracuse X4500 wiki [passwd required]
Edit these web pages

Request/Bug Tracking

Request Tracking System [RT]
LDG trouble ticket system


Reference O/S Schedule

LDG Collaborations

Condor-LIGO biweekly telecon
Globus-LIGO monthly telecon
LIGO VO in Open Science Grid [OSG]
Archival GriPhyN-LIGO WG pages



General Information

Using Other Certificate Authorities

Note: LSC scientists and administrators at U.S. institutions should follow the instructions at Getting a Digital Certificate and Getting Server Certificates. These notes are intended for our GEO friends and others not at U.S. institutions.


Users are required to have a digital certificate in order to authenticate to grid services on the LSC DataGrid, and machines running grid services must have host or service certificates.

You obtain a digital certificate by submiting a request to a certificate authority (CA). Given you meet all of the requirements, the CA will digitally sign your request and return to you a signed digital certificate. Each of the countries in the European DataGrid runs a CA and you should submit your request to the appropriate CA following the instructions available from the links on this page.

Associated with each digital certificate is a private key. The private key is never known to the CA or any central administrator. Usually the private key is generated at the same time as the certificate request.

Generating a Certificate Request and Private Key

The procedure for generating a certificate request and private key varies. You should check with your CA for instructions. Still, there are two common ways:

  1. grid-cert-request: The Globus Toolkit (and hence the Virtual Data Toolkit and the LSC DataGrid Client/Server) includes the script grid-cert-request which can be used for generating personal, host, or service certificates.

    When the script is run the private key and certificate request are generated and stored in two files as plain text. The request is usually sent by email to the CA for signing, but sometimes it is copied and pasted into a web form. The private key is never sent.

  2. web browser: Most web browsers have the functionality to generate certificate request and private key pairs. Usually the signed certificate and private keys are kept in a database that the web browser maintains. Javascript from a CA web site often causes the

When the request has been signed the certificate, which is a public document, is often sent back via email, but sometimes it is made available for download from a web page.

In order to use the signed certificate with the Globus Toolkit you must save it into the proper file. For user certificates this is usually ~/.globus/usercert.pem.

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