Introduction / Description:

GEANT SA3-T5, the eduPERT task is offering a 1 Day Workshop. Based on the experience from the JISC training (2017), the training sessions in Zurich (2016), and Porto (2015) we compiled the workshop program on NRENs and outreach input. This expertise in mind we defined the scope primarily on perfSONAR (the most distributed deployment within GEANT), structured in two parts:

The morning session at a beginner/intermediate level highlighting what perfSONAR is today and why it is useful; pS toolkit basics (how to set-up and use a system) along with typical/exemplary use cases; and pScheduler basics - why and how bwctl was replaced, and troubleshooting examples (how to).

The afternoon session at an intermediate/advanced/expert level with topics and activities on pS 4.1 - what’s new, the evolution from meshconfig-agent to pSconfig, and some pScheduler advanced topics. A brief introduction to troubleshooting, security policies, Science DMZs and DTNs will also be presented.

Pre installed VMs environment with a basic pS setup will be provided on the eduPERT workshop by SWITCHengines for the hands-on activities.  Participants will be taught to navigate a pS toolkit GUI (what features are available) and pScheduler on an introductory to advanced level. Especially, a related hands-on session will introduce example procedures for performance monitoring and alerting with a common NMS like Nagios in combination with perfSONAR. Furthermore, tangential topics such as Science DMZs, DTNs and security practices will be discussed as they often incorporate perfSONAR deployments.

Target audience / Who should attend:

Program / Time table Workshop:





09:00 - 09:30

perfSONAR introduction (why, where, how?)



09:30 - 10:00

pS toolkit basics and typical/exemplary use cases, participants accessing the lab VM, group participants in pairs

Demo / Hands-on


10:00 - 10:30

pScheduler basics and bwctl replacement, command examples demo and participants to run on their VM

Demo / Hands-on

Ivan / Matt


11:00 - 12:00

perfSONAR and Nagios integration: getting the best of both worlds by integrating the two systems through their API.




13:00 - 13:30

pS, security and Science DMZs



13:30 - 14:00

perfSONAR 4.1: what’s new and roadmap ahead



14:00 - 15:00

From meshconfig-agent to pSconfig: introduction to pSconfig and how to migrate 4.0 pS installations to 4.1 and take advantage of the new tools.

Demo / Hands-on



15:30 - 16:30

pScheduler advanced usage, limits, JSON manipulation, extending pScheduler (with tests, tools and archivers).


Matt / Ivan

16:30 - 17:00

Wrap-Up, discussion, feedback, etc.




Slides and hands-on commands

Published in eduPERT TNC18 - During the workshop.

Impressions - eduPERT workshop at TNC2018: 22 participants shared knowledge, questions and contributed in lively discussions on hands on sessions.