How to use grid resources at BNL.

Get a Grid Certificate

In order to use grid resources, you'll first need to acquire a personal grid certificate. Follow these instructions.

Join a Virtual Organization

After obtaining a grid certificate, you'll need to become a member of a virtual organization (VO), or to add your grid certificate to the membership list on a VOMS (Virtual Organization Management System) server. Follow these instructions.

Use Grid Resources

The following steps are prerequisites to submitting grid jobs:


  1. Install your grid certificate in your home directory and web browser. Follow these instructions.
  2. Establish a grid environment, which is usually specific to your site or experiment. For example, ATLAS users need to export grid-specific environment variables and run a setup script; see the ATLAS TWiki, or the following commands may suffice:
    # set your local ATLAS environment:
    export ATLAS_LOCAL_ROOT_BASE="/cvmfs/"
    alias setupATLAS="source ${ATLAS_LOCAL_ROOT_BASE}/user/"
    # set up your DDM environment:
    export RUCIO_HOME="/cvmfs/"
    export RUCIO_AUTH_TYPE="x509_proxy"
    # export your CERN user name as your DDM nickname:
    export RUCIO_ACCOUNT="nickname"
    # set up a Rucio client:
  3. Create a VOMS proxy. See the official VOMS client documentation, or use the voms-proxy-init command:
    voms-proxy-init --voms=atlas -hours 240


User Information

Some basic BNL-specific grid information can be found here.

BNL's OSG gatekeepers are:


These gatekeepers can be used to submit batch jobs to the grid.

In order to log into the gatekeepers and use grid client software, obtain a BNL and SDCC computing account. Here is a basic guide for using the US ATLAS computing facility at BNL.

BNL/US ATLAS Computing Facility Usage Policy for OSG