FOSDEM 2014 is over and it was a great event for OpenStack in Europe. We had a booth wonderfully staffed by Association des Utilisateurs Francophones d’OpenStack, distributed lots of gratis tshirts, flyers, met hackers with lots interesting questions about using OpenStack and developing it. Thierry Carrez spoke twice, about the burgeoning OpenStack jobs market and about the super infrastructure powering our development process. The most common reaction was: “i had no idea OpenStack was so big”. There were lots of other talks about OpenStack-related projects, too. We’ll keep going to Bruxelles and advocating FOSDEM organizers to find always bigger rooms.
We are excited to host the OpenStack Community Pavilion, showcasing OpenStack solutions and services from Cloud Cruiser, Mirantis, Nebula, Puppet Labs, Rackspace, SaltStack, Scalr, and SolidFire. You can visit these OpenStack providers, in addition to Foundation executives and staff, in booth #408 in the Venetian Resort’s Sands Expo Convention Center.
You can also speak with the 25+ additional OpenStack community exhibitors and presenters who will be at the conference. We’ll be providing a ‘community map’ showing the locations of all participating companies on the show floor.
If you are planning to be in Las Vegas for the event and have questions about OpenStack, please stop by the booth #408 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.
You can also visit an OpenStack user group near you; find a convenient one at https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OpenStackUsersGroup.
The Venezuelan OpenStack community had its first full day meeting on August 24 in Caracas and it was a big success. Nelson Perez, gave a general introduction to virtualization talking about what it is, why it’s useful and finally an overview of hypervisors. Enrique Femin then talked about cloud computing giving general definitions, principles and types. Finally, Ender Mujica presented one introduction to OpenStack: What is it? How to use it, its history, the community, developers and members, and of course an overview of OpenStack’s architecture, components and services.
Lunch was followed by 3 live demonstrations. Ender Mujica presented a installation from scratch on Ubuntu 12.04 using all the component with Neutron and Cinder. He also showed some functions of the dashboard, like how to launch virtual machines with network, how to create a volume and attach it to a VM.
Reinaldo Martinez presented an installation on Centos 6 and Debian 7 and some details about the other functions like namespaces, dhcp, how to create networks, load balancing with 3 web servers on VM, glance with swift and with LVM, horizon and the command line tools and more.
The intensely technical day was followed by appetizers, soft drinks, water, beers, some awesome mugs and OpenStack stickers.
The Hong Kong OpenStack User Group 2nd Workshop: ‘Learn how to deploy a 3D Virtual World on OpenStack Cloud’ has been successfully organized by the Hong Kong Cyberport and Hong Kong OpenStack User Group (HKOSUG) at Cyberport Campus on 5 July 2013. We took the unprecedented step of focusing the OpenStack workshop in digital entertainment.
This was a short rapid paced workshop where participants installed and used the OpenStack to practice creating and using a distributed computing approach for collectives of global small business and small artist collaborations. The OpenSim 3d virtual world server was presented as a working example for the workshop. Participants were able to share a collective cloud and demonstrated how shared clouds could be set up to be distributed computing nodes for the development of digital entertainments.
The lecturer, Todd Cochrane is a software developer in research and for art, and Senior Lecturer in the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Participants were coming from different domains, ICT startups, university students, Telecommunication companies and Rackspace Hong Kong.
Bruce Lok and Raymond Chan, the Coordinators of HKOSUG and the Team in Cyberport who initiated and established the first HKOSUG, are dedicated to promote and drive the cloud adoption to the ICT industry in Hong Kong. Bruce finally introduced the upcoming event of OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong and encourage participants to join and share their innovative ideas on OpenStack during the Summit.
Finally the feedback has been good, it was really worth it as the ideas shared from participants were useful for our further planning on OpenStack workshop in Hong Kong.
OpenStack was well represented at the EuropPython conference in Florence this year. We had a full-day OpenStack track on Tuesday and number of related talks spread across the week. Furthermore, 3 platinum members of the OpenStack Foundation — HP, Rackspace and Red Hat — sponsored the event.
The OpenStack track consisted of 4 talks in the morning and a hands-on training session in the afternoon. Over 800 Pythonistas had the chance to hear about the OpenStack project and community as well as Swift and Marconi. There are recordings of the sessions on the official Europython YouTube channel:
- Muharem Hrnjadovic – I see Openstack In Your Future
- Chmouel Boudjnah – Introduction to OpenStack Swift
- Flavio Percoco – OpenStack A python based IaaS provider
- Flavio Percoco – Marconi Queuing and Notification service for OpenStack
- Cody Somerville – OpenStack on OpenStack Deploying OpenStack using OpenStack
- Joe Gordon – Very Large Development How to run code review for 800+ Open Source Python Developers
The training session combined talks and exercises allowing 40 Python hackers to try out an OpenStack cloud and gain practical knowledge with Nova, Swift and Keystone.
The OpenStack booth drew a lot of interest and the OpenStack t-shirts were a big hit. The OpenStack volunteers were also busy keeping the job board on topic and explaining that the postings are specific to OpenStack: it seems hard to believe that there are so many open positions on one single Python project.
If you ever wanted the chance to learn about OpenStack and see the masterpieces by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Ghiberti and so many others your best chance is to join us at Europython 2013. Hosted in Firenze July 1-7, Europython 2013 will see a massive OpenStack-related presence, including one half day training session to get started. The OpenStack Foundation will have a booth there and most likely a Help Desk session, where people interested can reserve time to talk to OpenStack experts in real life, under the Tuscan sun.
- Tuesday 9:00am M. Hrnjadovic: I see OpenStack in your future!
- Tuesday 9:45am C. Boudjnah: Introduction to OpenStack Swift
- Tuesday 11:15am F. Percoco: OpenStack: A python based IaaS provider
- Tuesday 12:15pm F. Percoco: Marconi: Queuing and Notification service for OpenStack
- Tuesday 14:30 M. Hrnjadovic: Get up to speed with OpenStack! – training session
Following the success of the first Vietnam OpenStack Community (VietOpenStack) meetup, the second meeting has been held at Marcel Dassault amphitheater, Francophone Institute for Informatics (IFI-VNU) on 4th January, 2013. There were approx. 50 people attending this event. We warmly welcomed:
- Representatives from IT Business Management level: Mr. Nguyen Huc Quoc – Director of e-government center, Department of Information and Technology, Ministry of Information and Technology, Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang – Chairman of Vietnam Free and Open Source Software Association (VFOSSA), Mr. Nguyen The Trung – Managing Director of DTT Technology Group (DTT), Mr. Do Hoang Khanh – Former CTO of Citibank Global, a senior expert on IT of DTT, Mr. Tran Luong Son – Director of Vietsoftware, Mr. Le Phuoc Thanh – Managing Director of VidaGis…
- Representatives from ICT companies: Vietsoftware, Netnam, iWay, VidaGis, Viami Software, DTT …
- Members of VietOpenStack start-up team: Translation sub-team, Technical sub-team…
- Teachers and students from technology university: Francophone Institute for Informatics (VNU-IFI), Hanoi University of Industry (HaIU), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)…
The 2nd VietOpenStack meetup took place in a friendly, enthusiastic and full-of-energy atmosphere and the “Open” spirit was clearly shown in every presentation and discussion of the participants. Starting the show, Mr. Nguyen The Trung, Managing Director of DTT introduced the agenda of VietOpenStack Meetup 2 and special guests.
Main contents of 2nd Meeting include:
- OpenStack Demo
- Translation of OpenStack Documents
- OpenStack experience sharing of an IT expert
- Q&A and future plan
1. OpenStack Demo
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai from Netnam introduced his company as one of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) company providing internet and network services. He then conducted a demonstration on OpenStack installing model.
2. Discussion on OpenStack Translation
Ms. Le Phuong Nga, member of OpenStack Translation team from DTT, started her presentation by introducing all members of the OpenStack translation and reviewing teams. She then briefed on recent team activities and translation progress in which Vietnam has completed 9% of the translation work. She also raised some translated related issues while her team doing the translation to the community, such as difficulty in getting the translated work reviewed by the reviewing team.
3. OpenStack experience from a senior IT expert
Mr. Do Hoang Khanh, former CTO of CitiBank Global and a 30 year experience IT consultant of DTT Technology Group, is a person who is passionate about open source movement. He also attended the OpenStack Summit last October in San Diego. He shared with the participants his personal experiences and knowledge on OpenStack. What a touching presentation he has given for this meetup event!
4. Q&A and future plan
Although there were some questions and answers during the whole meeting, group discussion really started when beers and snacks, sponsored by DTT, were served to the attendants. People drank and shared more openly on OpenStack and opportunities it could bring to ICT companies in Vietnam. Everyone was eager for the next meetup, which is tentatively to be held in Ho Chi Minh city. And yes, discussion for Meeting 3 is on the mailing list now. It will be announced very soon
We especially thank Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang, Chairman of VFOSSA and his team for being so supportive in organizing the meetup place. Great hospitalities has made to the success of VietOpenStack Meeting 2.
5. VietOpenStack contact details:
- Group Mailing list: email@example.com
- Web address: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/vietnam-openstack?hl=vi
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VietOpenStack
- Coordinator: Hang Tran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Around 90 people attended which provided for a lively atmosphere with a good opportunity for audience interaction and participation. Photos are here. Discussions continued well on into the night taking advantage of Zurich’s fine gastronomy and beverages.
Thomas M. Bohnert gave an overview of the ICCLab which covered the role of the InIT Cloud Computing Lab’s investigations in cloud technologies. Some of the lightning talks later covered some areas of ICCLab research.
CERN and OpenStack
Tim Bell gave a rapid overview of OpenStack architecture, news from the summit, the foundation structure and use of OpenStack at CERN. The tools and procedures in use in the CERN computer centre are being adapted to be more sustainable and efficient by engaging and adapting open source solutions. Slides are available here.
He had a lot of ground to cover in 30 minutes! Given that the audience ranged from relative novices in OpenStack up to those deploying, it is also a wide range of details to cover in a single talk.
Amongst the questions were what is the impact of moving towards clouds on the current MONARC grid model as used by the WLCG. One of the common challenges for CERN is how to solve the “Changing the engine while the plane is flying” problem. Even though there is an extended shutdown of the LHC during 2013/2014 in order to ugrade to higher energy, the physics analysis of the data taken in the first run from 2010 to 2012 will continue. Any major architecture changes on the grid must be performed in a staged fashion as there are over 130 sites and 200,000 servers to consider so big bang migrations are not realistic. Thus, the approach we are taking is one of running the grid services on top of the CERN private cloud. This allows us to gain improvements in efficiency via more dynamic workload placement and simplified operations procedures without needing to break compatibility. As the users of the service wish, resources can be moved between standard batch services on the grid and those available as VMs on the cloud.
Following up from this question was whether the other centres in the WLCG would be following the same approach. Each tier-1 is an independent organisation and can make its own choices within the framework of the WLCG. CERN is just one of the sites and each of the sites are able to make their own decisions based on individual requirements. Research into areas such as federated clouds is ongoing but no decisions for production federated clouds have been made.
Developing OpenStack APIs
Thijs Metsch from Intel gave a lightning talk on developing OpenStack APIs. Since OpenStack is a modular architecture, it is possible to plug in additional API functionality. This process is made more straightforward by the use of WSGI and python. Examples of this already implemented are the OCCI API and others such as CDMI are also coming along. Cloudscaling recently announced their implementation of the Google Compute Engine API for OpenStack. Thus, the choice of API can be made independently from the choice of IaaS technology.
Thijs demonstrated how this could be done by creating a simple python RESTful API and showed us the python code to implement it.
Fabrice Manhart from the ICCLab presented the ICCLab proof of concept OpenStack cloud. ICCLab use Foreman and Puppet, as do CERN, and have good experiences with this combination. Being able to re-install their 15 hypervisors in 15 minutes is a typical case.
Swiss Academic Cloud Proof of Concept
Dean Flanders from Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research /SwiNG presented their OpenStack based cloud which is testing out new computing models in a research environment. They selected OpenStack for its flexibility (and price :-). Their cloud allows researchers to provision their own machines rapidly. Amongst the areas they are investigating is the use of flash storage, aiming to reach 100TB SSD capacity. This approach follows work in the SDSC on Gordon which is a 16K cores 300TB flash based facility using OpenStack and ScaleMP.
While it is still early days for OpenStack, they are looking into new areas such as cloud bursting and workload balancing.
Software Defined Networking at ICCLab
Philipp Aeschlimann from ICCLab presented the current status of software-defined networking and their investigations as part of ICCLab. There is a lot of interest in the OpenStack community around these features and Quantum functionality covers many features. There was a live demonstration given showing OpenStack Folsom, Quantum and Floodlight.
SWITCH provide facilities for the universities and academic organisations in Switzerland. Joel Casutt presented their early work to extend their existing services to include cloud services based on OpenStack. They are currently building up the hardware aiming to provide a free pilot service in April. During the summer, this experience will be reviewed along with the charging structure to be used going forward.
Wibke Sudholt from Cloudbroker presented their open source broker solution. Within the SCIentific gateway Based User Support (SCI-BUS) EU FP7 project, CloudBroker has extended its CloudBroker Platform so that it now also allows access to Amazon and IBM public clouds as well as to private cloud infrastructures based on OpenStack and Eucalyptus. While the initial aims were to use the EC2 API in OpenStack, there were some missing features and functionalities such as auto-deployment so it was necessary to use some of the OpenStack APIs to achieve full function. Using OpenStack clouds in universities allowed this porting to be done without having to set up their own OpenStack instance. The XML support was also not as good as JSON in some areas.
Even in a country with a small population such as Switzerland, there are many areas of OpenStack work. Per-capita, the Swiss user group attracted 5 times more people that the Chinese user group meeting (where 3,000 people attended). There was only time for 6 lightning sessions of 10 minutes but we are now planning the second meeting to allow those who could not show their work!
Many of the attendees were investigating/testing proof of concepts. The number of production deployments are small amongst those attending. As this is often the first investigations into cloud services, this is not too surprising. Many of the deployments were using Puppet as well. During the evening, we discussed the competition for talent. Given that many CERN people are on short term contracts, the interest in OpenStack and Puppet skills makes for a good skill on their CVs.
A recent blog on comparing Google trends follows similar lines. The interactive report is here . Unfortunately, there is not enough data from Switzerland to determine the interest in different cloud products.
Overall, there was a lot of enthusiasm but this was balanced with caution that comes from uncovering some of the difficulities to understand clouds and how best to deploy OpenStack.
The most frequent question at the end was “When will we meet up again?”. Stay tuned for more CHOSUG!
If you can’t make it to San Diego but you still want to participate in the sessions that will shape the future roadmap of OpenStack ‘Grizzly’ you can join the live audio streaming events on Webex. Kindly donated by Cisco Webex team (users of OpenStack themselves), the Webex session will run for the whole day from 9:30am to 6:00pm for each of the rooms Emma AB, Emma C, Windsor BC, Annie AB where the Design Summit will happen. Webex will be used to stream the audio of all conversations in the room where there will be enough microphones: remote participants will use the Webex chat to ask questions and people in the rooms will see the chat stream on one of the two projectors in each room.
The sessions are ready for you to register, they’re identified by topic (Nova, Quantum, Cinder, Documentation, Common, Process, Swift):
- Day 1, Oct 16 Monday https://openstack.webex.com/openstack/onstage/g.php?p=0&t=m
- Day 2, Oct 17 Tuesday https://openstack.webex.com/openstack/onstage/g.php?p=1&t=m
- Day 3, Oct 18 Wednesday https://openstack.webex.com/openstack/onstage/g.php?p=2&t=m
- Day 4, Oct 19 Thursday https://openstack.webex.com/openstack/onstage/g.php?p=3&t=m
Also, each entry on the official schedule of the Design Summit has a link to its proper Webex audio streaming session. There will also be a live video streaming for the general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Keep an eye on the website and twitter for details.
Known issue: Webex doesn’t support Java 64bit on Linux. If you try to join the voip conference Webex will complain that “The Audio Device is Unaccessible Now”. The most common workaround is to install 32bit Java environment alongside the 64bit one.
OpenStack Summit Event 2012
Learn More About VMware’s Involvement with OpenStack at the Following Sessions
Monday (11:00am – 11:40am Oxford) True Hybrid Clouds: Extending OpenStack with Cloud Foundry
John Purrier (AppFog)
Tuesday (2:40pm – 3:20pm Manchester E) OpenStack Networking (Quantum) Project Update
Dan Wendlandt (VMware)
Wednesday (9:30am – 10:00am Grand Ballroom) Running the World’s Largest Open Cloud
Troy Toman (Rackspace)
Wednesday (11:00am -11:40am Manchester A) How DreamHost Builds a Public Cloud with OpenStack
Carl Perry (DreamHost)
Wednesday (11:00am -11:40am Manchester D) How VMware is Contributing to OpenStack
Steve Herrod (VMware)
Wednesday (2:40pm – 3:20pm Manchester A) OpenStack@eBay: Practical SDN Deployment with Quantum
J.C. Martin (eBay)
Wednesday (4:30pm – 5:10pm Manchester A) Running Quantum on Quantum@Nicira’s Multi-Tenant OpenStack
Somik Behera (VMware)
Thursday (9:00am – 9:40am Manchester E) Hands on Quantum Deployment Workshop
Dan Wendlandt (VMware)
How VMware is Contributing to OpenStack
Steve Herrod, CTO, VMware
Wednesday, October 17 (11:00am – 11:40am)
Did you know that VMware is a top-10 code and bugfix contributor to OpenStack and that VMware has helped customers with OpenStack production deployments? In this session, learn how customers are using OpenStack with VMware offerings like ESX, Cloud Foundry and RabbitMQ. Walk away with a better understanding of VMware’s plans with OpenStack and the software defined data center as well as VMware’s efforts around expanding Nicira’s contributions to Quantum and Open vSwitch.
Lightning Talk: Managing VMware ESX and Virtual Center with OpenStack
Sean Chen, VMware Engineering
Wednesday, October 17 (1:15pm)
Come engage with VMware engineering about how to provide support for VMware’s hypervisor in OpenStack.
Visit the VMware Booth
Stop by the VMware booth and learn how VMware Network Virtualization enables advanced OpenStack networking and how Cloud Foundry extends VMware’s commitment to Open PaaS. Ask questions, have a discussion or run through a demo and walk away with a better understanding of VMware’s relationship with OpenStack.