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Report: June month OpenStack meetup, Bangalore , India

June 25th, 2013 — 2:52pm

On 22nd June we organized a meetup in Bangalore, India http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/events/122386732/

The meetup was attended by over 60 people from varied backgrounds: startups students, researchers, developers, etc

Event started with a keynote from Vijay Bellur (@vbellur) from redhat . He kicked off session with giving introduction about RDO,  then moved on to Gluster file system. It was a nice presentation & gave complete picture how and where Gluster fits in overall OpenStack project.

Vijay

Rags Srinivas (@ragss ) from Rackspace gave a nice presentation followed by demo on jclouds. The demo was interesting & a lot many questions were asked & answered.

Rohit Agarwalla(@rohitagarwalla) from Cisco was next with presentation on OpenStack Neutron, he gave demo on openvSwitch & Cisco Nexus plugin. He mentioned about the roadmap & contribution from his company on the overall project.

Last session on LBaaS by Pranav Salunke(@Dguitarbite) from Aptira. He gave us overall picture of the project along with roadmap. He was youngest presenter of the day & was his first presentation on Openstack. :)

Photos & presentation of the meetup will be made available soon, our past meetup presentation slides are available http://www.slideshare.net/openstackindia

Thanks to redhat for hosting the meetup & providing us with coffee/snacks :)

 

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Report: May month OpenStack meetup,Bangalore, India

May 30th, 2013 — 1:58pm

In May we organized a meetup in Bangalore, India http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/events/117132352/

The meetup was attended by over 75 people from varied backgrounds: startups  students, researchers, developers, etc.

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Event started with a keynote from Vamsi Kottisa of Anuta Networks, it was nice technical presentation giving overall view of what they are doing on OpenStack space.

Next was Amol Wate from Anuta Networks giving a deep dive & demo of their SDN solution which will work with OpenStack Networking.

We were for the first time got a presentation on Ceph & how it plays with OpenStack by Syed Armani from Hastexo. A lot many questions were asked & got clarified about Ceph.

Last session was from Romil Gupta from HP who spoke about the driver they have developed for RHEV along with nice demo. A lot of questions were asked and roadmap/vision for the work was also discussed.

Photos of the meetup are available https://plus.google.com/photos/106314994124977332570/albums/5883261931521653409

Thanks to Anuta Networks for hosting the meetup & providing us with coffee/snacks :)

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3rd Swiss OpenStack User Group Meetup

April 25th, 2013 — 2:11pm


chosug
Following on from our 2nd meeting, the Swiss OpenStack user group met on 24th of April at the University of Bern.It was an excellent event with many attention grabbing presentations! A big thanks goes out to the sponsors:

 

Once we kicked off, there were five presentations, 3 which were more detailed and 2 that were more lightning talks in nature. The presentations in there running order were:

Upcoming

There are other upcoming Swiss events that will include much talk of OpenStack. Of note are:

Also the Swiss Informatics Society have started a cloud computing special interest group, where all folk active in cloud are welcomed to join. More details can be found at their site.

Swiss OpenStack User Group Channels

 Original post: ICCLab

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3rd Swiss OpenStack User Group Meetup

April 1st, 2013 — 5:44pm

chosugWere back again and this time we’ll be holding the next meetup in Bern. Things will start on Wed 24th of April at 1800 and run until 2000.

We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in giving a talk related to OpenStack then shout out at the meetup site or simply message @OpenStackCH on twitter.  Otherwise, stay tuned for the line up of speakers.

The kind folks at SwiNG will be sponsoring beverages and the equally as kind Red Hat people will have your stomach full with pizza!

The venue details are as follows: Room 206, 2nd floor East, Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4.

The registration page for the event can be found on our new meetup.com page.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Report: March month OpenStack meetup,Bangalore, India

March 29th, 2013 — 5:32am

In March a meetup was organized in Bangalore, India. http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/events/105831232/

The meetup was attended by over 90 people from varied backgrounds: start-ups, students, researchers, developers, etc.

Venkata Jagana delivered the welcome and the Keynote session. He covered the breadth of Openstack, its unique development model and also introduced the “IBM SmartCloud framework” to show how IBM is leveraging Openstack. He ended the session with thoughts on how the community can help in the development of OpenStack.

Rushi Agrawal did a presentation on the Cinder protocol enhancement support for file-based storage. I would love to see this feature landing inside Cinder soon. :)

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In his session, “Openstack Security”, Sreekanth Iyer covered the keystone workflow & current security implementation. He drove the discussion around the current drawbacks in the security model and proposed a way forward to make the existing security model more robust.

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Akshay MS & Suhas Mohan did a presentation about Hadoop on Openstack. Akshay and Suhas are students at PESIT College. They are working on Hadoop on OpenStack as a project for “Center for Cloud computing and Big data”, dept of CSE, PESIT. They answered numerous questions from the audience.

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Slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/openstackindia

Photos of the event are available here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106314994124977332570/albums/5856730344678147329

Thanks to IBM India for hosting and sponsoring the meetup and for the Pizzas. Thanks to Prem Karat & team for their co-ordinated efforts for realizing the meetup.

Also video of this meetup will be uploaded soon on our OpenStack Youtube channel, thanks to NetApp folks for helping us on this.

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Report: January month OpenStack meetup,Bangalore, India

January 21st, 2013 — 1:28pm

In January we organized a meetup in Bangalore, India. http://www.meetup.com/Indian-OpenStack-User-Group/events/93144352/

The meetup was attended by over 75 people with different background start-up/students/researchers/MNC/Developers.

We started the meetup with general introductory session followed by few minutes session on OpenStack project and components.

Divakar Padiyar gave presentation on Cloud inventory, monitoring and alerting using HealthNMon

Nithya, Sarad and Suresh presented Introduction to Tempest along with nice demo.

Dinkar Sitaram and his students/faculty gave a presentation on Federated Keystone.

Chandan Dutta gave a presentation on OpenStack Quantum.

Anantha Padmanabhan gave presentation on VMware compute driver along with demo.

Slides are available  http://www.slideshare.net/openstackindia

Photos of the event are available  https://plus.google.com/photos/106314994124977332570/albums/5835386703034145825

Thanks to HP India for hosting/sponsoring the meetup/lunch  and  Bharat Ram, Srinivasa Acharya &  Himanshu Dwivedi for coordinating us on this.

 

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Summary and Review of the 2012 Openstack China Tour

January 13th, 2013 — 12:25pm

In August 2012, the OpenStack Asia Pacific Technology Conference was successfully held in Beijing, Shanghai and the city, setting off public’s interest in OpenStack. On this basis, China OpenStack User Group(COSUG)  continues to work together with CSDN to further promote OpenStack in China, thus, a series of activities of the 8-city speech tour came into being.

The OpenStack Tour, which lasted three months, successfully ended in Wuhan on December 22.  This tour, which was organized by OpenStack user group (COSUG) and CSDN company, covered 8 big cities in China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin, Wuhan) Over 700 people participated in the on-site lectures and more than 30 people gave speeches. The event includes fantastic keynotes, which attracted more than 700 people to participate on site. The event provided a good exchange and communication platform for domestic developers and users of OpenStack, expanded the influence of the OpenStack community, and enhanced the OpenStack domestic level.

For the convenience of those who want to know more about this series of activities and OpenStack, we hereby write down the review and summary of the OpenStack China Tour activities. Hope you can further exchanges and communications between each other, therefore promote the development of OpenStack in China.

Content Guide:

1. 2012 Openstack China Tour Stop Cities

2. Enrollment and the Number of Participants

3. Lecturers

4. Review of Exciting Contents at the 8 Stops and Speech Downloading

5. Summary of Activities and Sharing of Operations Experience

1.      2012 Openstack China Tour Stop Cities

Initiated by Hui Cheng, the lead manager of China OpenStack community, and co-organized by   OpenStack User Group (COSUG) and CSDN, the 2012 OpenStack China Tour activities began on September 16, 2012, and ended on December 22, 2012, respectively covering Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin and Wuhan.

2.       Enrollment and the Number of Participants

 The recruitment of participants took full advantage of CSDN, who has a huge amount of developer members. The participants of each activity are really interested in this technology. Venues were sponsored by the guests involved in the activities. Among the eight venues, only Shenzhen was under AA system, and the others were lent for free by local volunteers. The total enrollment of the 8 events is1060 and the actual number of participants is 710.

3.      Lectures

The theme of which is around OpenStack, this series of activities convened companies and institutions principally engaged. The lecturers were front-line OpenStack engineers, OpenStack code contributors, developers, experienced users, etc. The total number of lecturers is 31, 7 at Beijing stop, 6 at Shenzhen stop, 6 at Chengdu stop, 4 at Xi’an stop, 7 at Shanghai stop, 7 at Nanjing stop, 5 at Tianjin stop and 5 at Wuhan stop. As the initiator of the 2012 OpenStack Tour, Hui Cheng attended the events held in six cities. Rongze Zhu, Storage Engineer of Sina Cloud Computing, also gave speeches at multiple stops.

Introduction to lectures and their topics

 Introduction to lectures and their topics

4.      Review of Exciting Contents at the 8 Stops

1)      Beijing Stop

OpenStack China Tour (Beijing Stop) was held in workplace of Shanda Innovations. Core contribution engineers from Intel, Sina, IBM, Gamewave etc. made presentations. Over 150 engineers attended this activity on-site. And more than half a hundred of engineers watched the whole meeting live through WebEx.

As the most influential OpenStack senior engineer and early evangelist in China, Hui Cheng gave a deep insight about the open ecosystem of OpenStack, and why OpenStack becomes so successful. Hui shared the latest OpenStack events happened both at home and abroad.

“Sina, Intel, IBM, Baidu, Netease, HiSoft, China Standard Software, Gamewave Ltd., Shanghai Jiaotong University has become the first wave of OpenStack players in China” said Hui Cheng, “They have already deployed OpenStack to their production or testing environment, and some of them is also the active corporate contributor in OpenStack projects. For example, Sina has already contributed more than 100 patches in the OpenStack Folsom release, and definitely will have more in Grizzly.”

In addition, Hui Cheng said, “Sina will join hands with some companies, such as Intel, IBM, and other major Chinese corporate contributors, to unite the R & D resources, and jointly develop for some project blueprint, thereby to enlarge the contribution from China.

Topics:

Topic 1: OpenStack and OpenStack Foundation

Topic 2: Brief Introduction to OpenStack Virtualization Technology

Topic 3: Introduction to Quantum, its structure and practice

Topic 4: OpenStack block Device Storage Services

Topic 5: Deploy OpenStack with Chef

Topic 6: Explanation of Keystone

Topic 7: Thinking of Cloud Computing

Detailed Report on Beijing Stop

http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/09/openstack-china-tour-beijing/

Speech materials of Beijing Stop Downloading:

http://download.csdn.net/download/baozi0/4574729

 Video Downloading:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDUxNTE1Nzc2.html

2)      Shenzhen Stop

The Shenzhen Stop Activity was held in 3Wcoffee. It was the first time that OpenStack came to Southern China. This event attracted over 80 on-site attendees. Most of them were Cloud specialists, IT engineers, as well as OpenStack users from Canton, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hangzhou etc.

Topics:

Topic 1: Development Practice of Building Public Cloud Platform Based on OpenStack

Topic 2: OpenStack in Hong Kong

Topic 3: Swift Architecture and Practice

Topic 4: OpenStack Block Device Storage Services Cinder

Topic 5: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Issue 6: OpenStack – The Best Private Cloud Infrastructure for Enterprises

Detailed Report on Shenzhen Stop Activity:

http://www.openstack.org/blog/2012/09/openstack-china-tour-2-shenzhen/

Speech Materials of Shenzhen Stop Downloading:

http://www.csdn.net/article/2012-09-22/2810244-OpenStack_china_tour_Shenzhen

Video Downloading:

http://download.csdn.net/detail/baozi0/4588357

3)      Chengdu Stop

The Chengdu stop event was held at e Coffee in Tianfu Software Park in Chengdu. Hui Cheng, community manager of China OpenStack User Group (COSUG), led engineers from Redhat, Ubuntu, Sina and IBM to this event. All of them made wonderful presentations, which attracted about 100 stackers to participate in this activity.


Topics:

Topic 1: StackLab: An Open OpenStack Lab

Topic2: Introduction for libvirt architecture and APIs

Topic 3: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Topic4: Adoption OpenStorage with Openstack

Topic 5: Swift Architecture and Practice

Topic 6: Introduction to Quantum, its structure and practice

Detailed Report on Chengdu Stop Activity:

http://freedomhui.com/2012/11/chian-openstack-tour-chengdu/

Speech Materials of Chengdu Stop Downloading:

http://download.csdn.net/detail/baozi0/4699418
http://download.csdn.net/detail/baozi0/4700507

4)      Xi’an Stop

The Xi’an stop event was held at Qing Feng Plaza, Software Park in Xi’an. Engineers from RedHat, Sina and Stackform attended this event. All of them made wonderful presentations, which attracted about 110 stackers to participate in this activity.

Topics:

Topic 1: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 2: The OpenSource OpenStack+OpenShift

Topic 3: OpenStack Block Device Storage Services Cinder

Topic 4: Incubation Cloud Management Platform Based on OpenStack

Detailed Report on Xi’an Stop Activity:

http://freedomhui.com/2012/11/china-openstack-tour-xian/

5)      Shanghai Stop

The Shanghai Stop event was held in an innovation workshop. Engineers from Sina, Intel, trystack.cn, and Dell gave wonderful speeches. Around 40 OpenStack enthusiasts attended this event on-site.

Topics:

Topic 1: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 2: Practice of OpenStack Public Cloud

Topic 3: Swift Infrastructure and its Key Technologies

Topic 4: Cinder Project Status and New Feature for Grizzly

Topic 5: Swift Performance Measurement and Tuning

Topic 6: Internal process of Quantum

Topic 7: Nova and Virtual Machine Management

Detailed Report on Shanghai Stop Activity:

http://adali.iteye.com/blog/1730445

Speech Materials of Shanghai Stop Downloading:

http://openstack.group.iteye.com/group/topic/35090

6)      Nanjing Stop

The Nanjing Stop event was held in Gulou Campus of Nanjing University. As one of the founders of China OpenStack User Group (COSUG), Yujie Du gave a speech at the event. Cloud computing architect from 360buy, Manager of NEC Development Department, OpenStack community developers, Ubuntu developers and technical pre-research engineer from ZTE the Openstack gave wonderful speeches. The number of on-site audience was more than 70.

Topics:

Topic 1: Introduction to OpenStack Foundation and the Community

Topic 2: Realization of 360buy ELB

Topic 3: Applicatios Based on OpenStack and Openflow/SDN

Topic 4: Internal Process of Quantum

Topic 5: OpenStack+OpenShift

Topic 6: Juju – Make Your Life Easier in the Cloud

Topic 7: OpenStack Operational Needs and Practice in Telecommunications Industry

Detailed Report on Nanjing Stop Activity:

http://www.csdn.net/article/2012-11-29/2812349-OpenStack_china_tour_nanjing

Speech Materials Downloading:

 http://download.csdn.net/detail/adela_09/4825545

7)      Tianjin Stop

The Tianjin Stop event was held in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Zone. Representatives from the four major open source platforms (OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenNebula) got together and explored the future development of OpenStack.

Topics:

Topic 1: Commercial Thinking on OpenStack

Topic 2: Experience Sharing of Developing Public Cloud Solutions Based on OpenStack

Topic 3: The development of CloudStack and its China Community

Topic 4: Experience Sharing of Developing and Infrastructure Analysis of OpenNebula

Topic 5: Introduction to Eucalyptus Components

Topic 6: Panel

In the panel forum, Hui Cheng (OpenStack user group (COSUG) Administrator), Xuehui Li (CloudStack Committer), Qingye Jiang (Eucalyptus Account Director), China cloud Junwei Liu (computing researcher of Academy of Telecommunications Research) launched a discussion. Each of them introduced their most successful open-source platform deployments.

Detailed Report on Tianjin Stop Activity:

http://www.csdn.net/article/2012-12-14/2812845-the_DNA_of_open_IaaS

Speech Materials Dowloading:

http://download.csdn.net/detail/baozi0/4868518 

http://www.youku.com/playlist_show/id_18680644.html

8)      Wuhan Stop

The Wuhan Stop event was held in Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Experts from Sina, Zhongda Huanyu, and OS-Easy gave speeches on the following topics.

Topic 1: The Road of Cloud Computing Adoption—OpenStack Open Source Cloud Platform

Topic 2: Deploy and Manage OpenStack on Crowbar

Topic 3: Practice of Build Server virtualization Based on OpenStack

 Topic 4: Integration Practice of OpenStack and Hadoop

Detailed Report on Wuhan Stop Activity:

http://adali.iteye.com/blog/1753943

  1. Summary of Activities and Sharing of Operations Experience

The activities of the the “OpenStack line” is a community collaboration Technical Tour of exploration. In the case of commercial sponsorship, community activities are often faced with three questions: Lecturer, venue and participants. The event lecturers are volunteers, travel expenses own burden, activities to attract so much lecturer to join, thanks to OpenStack have accumulated under the core members of the user group in China more than a year operations. Eight venues of the city, only Shenzhen is using the AA system, others are lent free of charge by local volunteers. Recruitment of participants take full advantage of the CSDN advantage of the huge amount of developers Member, participants of each event are really this crowd interested in technology.

The event has accumulated a lot of experience.

How to push offline activities to online. Offline activities have pros and cons. Interactivity is the advantage. Face-to-face communication is the most efficient. In the beginning of promoting technologies such communication is really needed. The disadvantage is that such communications are costy.  In order to make offline activities as fruitful and influential as possible, collecting materials accessible online is need as much as possible, such as speech scripts, photos, video, and reports.

On-site activities. Organizers were multitaskers, who were responsible for registering, contacting lectures, hosting meetings, reminding, taking photo, several roles to manage the conference attendance, Lecturer Contact presided over the meeting, reporting, etc. It would be better if some people are willing to take some tasks, if they don’t want, the tasks should be in order. Contacting lectures and controlling time are the most important, followed by collecting materials. Here is a tip. Here is a tip. You’d better collect speech materials as soon as the conference ends. Otherwise, you have to ask lectures email you their speech materials. If this is the case, you have to wait for a long time. So the priority after the activity is to post the materials collected online.

Meeting Application Control. To organize an offline activity, two extremes should be avoided. If few people, the scene looks empty. If too many people, it would be crowded. Attendees would feel uncomfortable. At the stage of releasing and promoting the activity,     organizers should know how to make full use of the accessible resources. Promote from the core to the periphery. When the number of applicants reaches the expected goal, you do not have to re-accumulate marketing resources. In accordance with the experience of organizing community activities, to have 50% applicants attend the activity is reasonable.

Location. Previous community activities helped bring some free venue, which can be reused .For the venue provider, supporting community activities is a good way to improve the company’s reputation. And if the activities are responding the company’s business, this is like requesting experts to deliver free trainings for employees. Software Parks and software base in some cities can also be sponsors. But in practice, free venues were gotten by using personal relationships, such as friendship, colleagueship, former colleagueship, and so on.

If you can’t find a suitable venue by using some existing resources, you can seek help in mail group. Such as sending requests in COSUG mail group. But be sure to write clearly all your needs in one email. Otherwise, your frequent emails would disturb others. Internet search  is also a good way. For instace, by googling keywords, “**community”, “community activities” to find related persons in charge. Generally, these people are active online. You can be linked to these people through various activities pages and microblogging. These people usually have some resources at the local, and are very kind.

After visiting so many venues looking down, we find they all have advantages and disadvantages. Offices in companies have good conditions, but they are usually not air-conditioned on weekends, sometimes, you may run into blackout. In addition, security measures are strict and you have to registration at the door. Cafes possess comfortable environment, but they charge and the space is limited. Big university classrooms are wonderful. But for foreign participants who are unfamiliar with the campus, they have to waste some seeking the specific classroom which is usually not identifed on a map. Software parks and software bases are extremely good, but you’d have to hold the activity there during the working day. Because on weekends, there are people in such work places far away from the downtown.

Like lectures, alternative venues are also needed. Lots of lectures and audience will gather at one specific place at the same time. If the activity is cancelled due to venue problems, many people will be sad and disappointed, what’s worse, once this kind of unreliability spreads out , it would be more difficult to gather people next time.

Concern about participants. Because community activities are frequently held on weekends, Participants are more enthusiastic than other people will be more enthusiasm. They are the resource of volunteers. Hosts and organizers should communicate with these potential volunteers at the scene. Reunions after the activity are a good way.

Volunteers. Lots of volunteers are needed community activities. Some organizers think the recruitment of volunteers is very simple, just listing tasks, and waiting for claim. However, some organizers don’t think this is easy. This is a matter of opinion. Actually, many volunteers claim voluntary work by themselves. So clearly write down organizers’ email addresses or phone number on the propaganda or in email. This allows those who are interested to easily find you. Another method is to collect. List stuffs and tasks that need volunteers’ assistance in email or microblog. Then people would apply. Most volunteers are students, some are those who are very active in community.

Chinese Version of this post: http://blog.csdn.net/ichbinwasser/article/details/8447542(Author: CSDN)

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2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup

January 3rd, 2013 — 3:26am

We (ICCLab and ZHGeeks) are pleased to announce the 2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup. It will happen on the 19th of February in Zurich at ETH. If you’re keen and interested in attending then please register here.

If you are interested in giving a talk then do give a shout out at the meetup site or simply message @OpenStackCH on twitter. Currently there are talks planned for:

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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1st Swiss OpenStack User Group

December 5th, 2012 — 5:27pm

The first Swiss OpenStack user meeting  took place on 15th November 2012 at ETH in Zurich. The meeting was a combination of the Swiss OpenStack user group along with the zhgeeks regular meeting.

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.

ICCLab Introduction

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.


ICCLab Proof of Concept

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 /SwiN 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.

OpenStack at SWITCH

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.

CloudBroker

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.

Thoughts

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!

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Australian OpenStack UG – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Tri-City Meetup 20/11/12

November 22nd, 2012 — 1:43am

This past Tuesday night saw the Australian OpenStack User Group produce a tri-city simultaneous user group meeting covering Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Hooked together by GoToMeeting provided by Dan Pendlebury at Citrix, the evening saw OpenStack, pizza and beer served up at Intersect’s offices in Sydney, Haylix’s offices in Melbourne and Red Hat’s offices in Brisbane.

We believe this may have been the first multi city meetup where 3 way video linked the sites together, and we also had some attendees join us remotely.

Hosted by Tristan Goode from Aptira in Sydney, speakers were:

  • Sina Sadeghi, Lead Cloud Engineer from Aptira, who reviewed the recent Folsom Summit and presented his insightful views on the path to Grizzly.

We then crossed to Melbourne and heard from:

Lastly we transferred the main video feed to Brisbane to hear from:

The evening wasn’t without some minor hitches that we’ll work out for next time, but all in all it was deemed a success and a great way to get OpenStack out to more people more efficiently.

My sincere thanks to our presenters, and to our sponsors

Most importantly, I’d like to give a very special and long overdue thank you to Katrina Clauscen who has been behind the planning of nearly every AOSUG event we’ve had in every capital city in Australia since we began over a year ago.

Our next event is an OpenStack miniconf to be held at Linux Conf AU (LCA) on January 29 and to date we have more than 140 people who have registered their interest to attend. LCA is a world renowned conference with a wealth of great technical content and this is the first appearance of OpenStack at LCA.
We are looking for presentations on:

  • The core projects of the OpenStack project
  • Getting started using OpenStack
  • Uses in scientific computing and the enterprise
  • What it means to be part of OpenStack
  • Automation in the virtual datacenter
  • The past, present and future of OpenStack

Please go to http://bit.ly/Waue30 to submit your proposal. The CFP has just been extended to Sunday December 2.

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