Switzerland joins the list of fully operational NGIs

The Swiss NGI (NGI_CH) is now fully operational, as broadcasted to the EGI community on 4 October. It’s the fourth national grid to become fully integrated in the past two months, following Hungary and Turkey in late July and the Netherlands at the end of September.

The Swiss National Grid Association (SwiNG) has delegated the NGI role to SWITCH, which also represents Switzerland in the EGI-InSPIRE project.

Switzerland has five sites attached to the European Grid Infrastructure: three running on gLite middleware and an additional two on ARC. The migration to GOCDB did not stumble against major obstacles: “On an operational basis we have always worked together with Germany and continue to do so - so it wasn't a big complicated process like other NGIs have to go through,” says Christoph Witzig, Middleware team leader at SWITCH.

The last tool to become operational was the Nagios monitoring framework. But there are still many open issues for the future, “most notably the support and monitoring of an national infrastructure consisting of gLite and ARC sites,” adds Witzig.