These tutorials were given in May, 2004, at the University of Edinburgh
during a visit to the National eScience Centre. Some of these
can be useful for independent study.
- The first tutorial was an Overview of the SRB. The HEPiX SRB PowerPoint
slides, for a talk given the next week, used many of the same
slides and although the tutorial had a few more slides, the HEPiX
slides provide a better summary. Also see some text descriptions to go with the pp slides which
provide some additional comments somewhat like a verbal presentation.
- The second tutorial was on Installation and Administration. Since
we had only a couple computers to install on (not one per student), I
went through one installation and discussed what was happening, and
handed out copies of the first few pages of the install.pl script and
discussed the descriptions and options. For Administration, each
student started up the java admin tool (cd to MCAT/java and run 'java
-jar mcatAdmin.jar'), and we went over some of the help pages and
performed some of the operations. Trying this on your own should be
quite feasible, particularly if you have a Linux PC to install on; this
would also prepare for the third tutorial.
- The third tutorial was on the Scommands, both basic and more
advanced features. scmds.txt is the set of
exercises to work through. Although only a brief outline of
command-lines, going through these tests should provide a good
introduction to many of the SRB features. This current version
includes some corrections for the Tickets section.
- The four tutorial was on the additional SRB interfaces. For this,
I went through some of the web pages for Jargon, inQ, and mySRB and
some of the C/C++ API documentation. A live demo was not feasible due
to firewall constraints on the wireless network (see our FAQ for information on ports and firewalls).