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Mission Statement

The Requirements Analysis and Capability Delivery (RACD) team prepares and supports software and services that: 1) enable user access to and use of XSEDE federated infrastructure, and 2) enable infrastructure and service providers to federate with XSEDE. Starting from XSEDE prioritized user requirements (use cases) RACD coordinates the engineering work necessary to integrate software and services into production at SPs and campuses, as XSEDE central services, as external vendor services, or on user personal systems.  RACD uses engineering best practices and tools, works with external vendors and software partners to minimize integration cost to XSEDE, and aims to maximize ROI to XSEDE and the NSF.

Goals, Metrics & KPIs

RACD L3 Metrics


Number of capability delivery plans (CDPs) prepared for

prioritized use cases7

UREP prioritization

12/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure

Number of CI integration assistance engagements

6/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
User rating of components delivered in production4 out of 5
Number of significant fixes and enhancements to production components (a)16/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
Operator rating
Number of new components
delivered for production deployment4 out of 54 out of 5
instrumented and tracked for usage and ROI analysis4/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
Software/service provider rating of our integration assistance
Average satisfaction rating for RACD services (b)4 of 5/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
Responsiveness to defect and support requests45 days or less
Average time from support request to solution<30 daysAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
XCI Metrics


4 of 5
RACD Appendix MetricTargetSubgoal
Average satisfaction rating of XCI services
Number of maintenance releases and upgrades delivered of service provider software (a)4/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
Number of
new capabilities made available for production deployment10
fixes and enhancements to centrally operated services (a)12/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure

User rating of

capabilities delivered / Number planned1

components delivered in production (b)

4 of 5/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure
Total number of systems that use one or more CRI provided toolkits450
Operator rating of components delivered for production deployment (b)4 of 5/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure


Supporting sub-goal: Create an Open and Evolving e-InfrastructureTarget
Number of new capabilities made available for production deployment10
Average satisfaction rating of XCI services4 of 5
Team Members
Software/service provider rating of our integration assistance (b)4 of 5/yrAdvance - Create an open and evolving e-infrastructure

XCI L2 KPIs and Metrics

Team Members

JP NavarroUniv. of Chicago/Argonne Nat. Lab.Manager, Requirements Analysis Engineer, and Integration Engineer
Lookup e-mail
Shava SmallenSDSCDeputy Manager, Evaluation
and Testing Coordinator
Lookup e-mailKate KayaLookup e-mail
Choonhan YounSDSC
Management Support
Research Software Portal Engineer
Lee LimingUniv. of ChicagoRequirements Analysis
EngineerLookup e-mail
Jim BasneyNCSALead Security Designer and Requirements Analysis Engineer
Lookup e-mailVenkat Yekkirala
NCSASecurity EngineerLookup e-mailLookup e-mail
Eric BlauUniv. of Chicago/Argonne Nat. Lab.Integration & Information Services Engineer
Lookup e-mailRob LightPSCInformation Services EngineerLookup e-mailGalen ArnoldNCSAEvaluation/testing engineerLookup e-mailChoonhan YounSDSCEvaluation/testing engineerLookup e-mailChristopher IrvingSDSCEvaluation/testing engineer
Scott KorandaNCSASecurity Engineer
Jonathan KimNCSAInformation Services Engineer
Liz PantalonePSCInformation Services Engineer
Jeff MakeySDSCEvaluation & Testing Engineer
Susan LitzingerPSCEvaluation
/testing engineerLookup e-mail
& Testing Engineer
Derek SimmelPSCEvaluation
/testing engineerLookup e-mail
& Testing Engineer
Peter EnstromNCSAEvaluation
/testing engineerLookup e-mail


Although individuals have assigned roles, our intention is to be fluid between integration and evaluation/testing engineers.

Requirements Analysis

  • Assist CEE in preparing use cases

  • Work with the UREP to establish priorities
  • Prepare Capability Delivery Plans "CDPs"
  • Identity and manage proposed activities in JIRA
  • Manage defects and feature requests in JIRA
  • Help prepare design documents and draft implementation plans
  • Coordinate activities with collaborators

Development/Integration Engineering

  • Prepare component packages and admin documentation
  • Help prepare user documentation
  • Work CEE to prepare training material
  • Prepare testing plans
  • (Minor) development
  • Maintain defects and feature requests in JIRA

Evaluation/Testing Engineering

  • Help identify component and partners with solutions that fill gaps
  • Evaluate potential components
  • Test components that are ready for production
  • Help analyze/reproduce potential defects
  • Maintain defects and feature requests in JIRA
& Testing Engineer

Communication & Meetings

Email Lists

  • xci (xci-mgmt + xci-racd + xci-cri)
  • xci-mgmt (Dave, Craig, Rich, Shava, JP)
  • xci-racd (xci-design + xci-integrate + xci-test)
  • xci-design (Lee Liming, Jim Basney, JP Navarro)
  • xci-integrate (JP Navarro, Venkat YekkiralaGalen Arnold, Eric Blau, Rob Light)
  • xci-test (Shava Smallen, Galen Arnold, Choonhan Youn, Christopher Irving, Susan Litzinger, Derek Simmel, Peter Enstrom)
  • xci-cri (everyone currently in "campusbridging-list")

New Staff Orientation

Communication & Meetings

Agendas and Minutes


  • Schedule TBD: choices 10am, 1pm, 3pm except Monday morning and Friday afternoon
  • Alternating between "requirements, planning, and integration" and "evaluation and testing"
  • Join online:
  • Join by Phone 
    • +1 217 332 6338 
    • +1 312 994 8410 
    • +1 888 983 3631 
  • Conference ID: 6759150

Activities and Projects


Engineering Process


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Activities and Projects

Significant new deliverables before the end of the program (completion date)

  1. Kepler and Pegasus workflows
  2. Globus Connect Server version 5.4 as a new way to implement Globus endpoints
  3. CoManage (staff, allocation, uses) group management
  4. XCI component metrics services
  5. CVMFS for XSEDE and SP software sharing
  6. Open OnDemand
  7. Information Services, Cross-Organization Research Resource Discovery Catalog
  8. Research Software Portal
  9. Research data metadata management tools
  10. Enhanced RDR
  11. CILogon & replaces (as an identity provider)
  12. OAuth-SSH as a new way to implement SSH services

Significant completed deliverables (completion date)


Significant retirements

  1. Karnak
  2. GT6 GridFTP, GSI OpenSSH, and client tools

Resource Discovery Roadmap


Engineering Process

Online Resources

Use Cases
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Capability Delivery Plans
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Available ComponentsRegistry
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Deployed Components
Bugs and Feature Requests  

Server and Service





 and Confluence