WLCG Accounting

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Note: any improvements in this procedure are van harte welkom.

External input:

A REBUS page is opened once per month with pre-filled values for us to check and correct if necessary, as well as other fields about disk and tape usage that must be filled in by hand. Here is the latest (May 2014) information about the pre-filled values:

REBUS is (also) used as the input form for Tier 1 accounting to generate the final reports.
The final reports are visualized in Excel, see here:

Example WLCG Accounting Summary

The input form is automatically pre-filled as follows:
Installed capacity is given manually by the site - automatically carried over from previous month's report.
Grid CPU and Grid Wall are extracted from APEL/Accounting portal http://accounting.egi.eu/tier1.php
Disk and Tape are provided manually by the site
Disk Allocated is carried over from the previous month's report.

At some point the storage usage will likely be filled from info out of the information system for storage. The task we have is to check whether the pre-filled information is correct, and to fill the rest in by hand.

For Nikhef, the other piece of external input is Ron's once-per-month email of a .CSV file having the SARA numbers.

The procedure

First gather the computing numbers. Go to The NDPF accounting page. On that page, under "Other Accounting Information", first choose LCG Monthly Accounting Report and current disk usage. Fill in the month, ie for April 2009, enter 2009-04 in the box and hit return. After some seconds there will be two chunks of information returned, the first of which looks like this:

Aggregate use of the NDPF  from 2009-04-01 up till 2009-05-01 exclusive (kSI2k.days)
alice, 21464, 22339, alice alicesgm
atlas, 22877, 27060, atlas atla atlb atlc atlsgm
cms, 0, 10, cms cmssgm
lhcb, 14, 38, lhcb lhcbprd lhcbsgm

This is the computing information in CSV format. Use this file as a template and replace (using perhaps your favorite text editor) the top lines with the answer from the Monthly Accounting Link.

The second chunk of information should be the DPM storage use, this gives the disk usage at Nikhef, but as of this writing (January 2014) it does not work. The solution is to use the csv files in /var/adm on tbn18 ... use the one for the end of the month. Here is for example the contents of the file for 31-12-2013, which should be used for the december 2013 accounting report submitted in January 2014:

[root@tbn18 adm]# cat 20131231.csv
tape usage in GB,USED,INSTALLED

Now there is the email from Ron with the SARA numbers. Firstly get rid of a leading blank line, secondly change all the semicolons to commas (difference between USA CSV and NL CSV). The edited version of Ron's mail should look like this template file.

Finally I have an excel file that does the proper summing of the internal numbers so that they can be directly plugged in to the WLCG summaries. This template file contains the proper magic; this is the actual version used for December 2013, the other two templates included above are the Nikhef and SARA CSV files for December 2013, so you have here the complete set for December 2013 actually used to produce the numbers.

- open the summing template
- go to the Nikhef tab
- open the Nikhef CSV file
- select all the fields and "copy"
- go back to the Nikhef tab in the summing sheet, and paste in the new information
- repeat this process with the SARA tab and the SARA CSV file.

Now in the "total" tab you get the correct summed values in columns F,G, and H. Go now to the REBUS form (link is in Cath's mail). Fill the values there in column J, so you can compare how closely the central numbers are to our own. That part of the table also shows, for our own numbers, what fraction of that number came from SARA, to help debug site-dependence of differences between the WLCG numbers and our own.

Finally, copy the relevant numbers in columns G and H into the totals on the REBUS form.

Once satisfied, send the result to LCG office.

Common sources of problems:

- sometimes if a new group (like ATLAS pilot role) has been added to the farm, it may not yet have been added to what we publish to the GOC DB (so would not be reflected in the pre-filled summaries), or it might not yet have been added to the "accuse" cgi script (so will not be reflected in our own numbers).
- sometimes the "allocated" or "installed" fields are wrong.   This is because somebody forgot to send a mail to Harry Renshall informing him that new capacity had been added.

Here is another fallback for the disk numbers, for reference: resort to using dpm-qryconf --si; one can either adding up the numbers by hand, or use the script dpmqp in Jeff's home directory:

[root@tbn18 ~]# dpm-qryconf --si | ~templon/dpmqp
CAPACITY 4.40T FREE 0 (  0.0%)
USED,         AVAILABLE,          TOTAL
 1480.090,     2919.910,      4400.000

CAPACITY 1.26P FREE 0 (  0.0%)
USED,         AVAILABLE,          TOTAL
1057520.000,    207090.000,     1264610.000

CAPACITY 107.32G FREE 3.47M (  0.0%)
USED,         AVAILABLE,          TOTAL
  107.317,        0.003,       107.320
CAPACITY 2.20T FREE 1.22T ( 55.3%)
USED,         AVAILABLE,          TOTAL
  980.000,     1220.000,      2200.000

[ ... ]

After verifying that all the ATLAS pools are at the top, you might do something like this:

[root@tbn18 ~]# dpm-qryconf --si | ~templon/dpmqp | head -14 | \
                   awk 'BEGIN {used=avail=tot=0}; \
                        $1 ~ /[0-9]+/ { used+=$1; avail+=$2; tot+=$3 }; \
                        END { print "USED,         AVAILABLE,          TOTAL" ; \
                              print used, ",", avail, ",", tot }'
USED,         AVAILABLE,          TOTAL
1.06052e+06 , 208600 , 1.26912e+06

The last numeric line above is what needs to go into the disk storage part of the template file above:

atlas,1.06052e+06 , 208600 , 1.26912e+06
[ ... ]