April 25-29, 2016

Event Details

High-Performance OpenStack for Science and Data Analytics in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Traditionally, high-performance science and data analytics workloads have been run on specialized clusters tailored to a small number of applications.  OpenStack provides a superior cloud platform that not only accommodates a wider range of applications than specialized clusters but also reduces costs by running steady state workloads on-premise while providing the ability to “burst” into a variety of off-premise clouds.  This session details technology and architectures to optimize OpenStack for technical and data-intensive computing as well as techniques for tailoring HPC workloads for better portability and performance on private and public cloud platforms.  Lastly, we cover case studies that demonstrate how research organizations leverage OpenStack to address these issues in pursuit of their life-changing missions.

What can I expect to learn?

- Topologies for both high-speed/low-latency communication among instances and high-throughput transfers between instances and shared storage.

- Enabling a “Science DMZ” for high-throughput, wide-area data transfers.

- The use of IPv6 for instance communication and how it addresses certain limitations.

- The use of Ironic to support containers, special hardware, and bare metal workloads.

- Using resource schedulers such as Slurm and Mesos to enable meta-scheduling between specialized clusters, on-premise OpenStack cloud, and off-premise clouds.

- Hybrid computing between private and public clouds (e.g. AWS).

- Techniques and technologies for providing scale-out file, block, and object storage.

- Techniques for tailoring HPC workloads for maximum portability and performance on cloud platforms such as OpenStack

Wednesday, April 27, 9:50am-10:30am
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Red Hat, Chief Cloud Architect, Public Sector
Steven Carter is an Architect for Red Hat with over 20 years of industry experience working in large universities, government research and development, and the private sector.  He has spent time as a system administrator running some of the largest supercomputers in the world, built out one of the World's first SDN networks for the Department of Energy, and developed code for both network... FULL PROFILE
Cisco Systems
Josh Lothian is an engineer at Cisco Systems.  He has over 15 years experience working in academic and high performance computing research facilities as a system administrator and developer.  He has supported the fastest HPC systems in the world, and is now leveraging that experience in an OpenStack devops role. FULL PROFILE
Cisco Inc
I am a husband, father and maker of things. I have lived most of my life in downtown Atlanta, but I now reside on an 11-acre sustainable family farm 1 hour north of the city. My background includes 25 years of IT experience, several certifications, various IT scar tissue and 2 technical degrees.  I am currently a Cloud Solutions Architect at Cisco and am pursuing my MIS degree at Georgia... FULL PROFILE