November 6-8, 2017

Event Details

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Scientific Workloads on OpenStack: The Untold Story

Openstack based private clouds offer an ideal environment for operating scientific workloads. Abilities like flexible resource allocation, self service and administrative control are exactly what is needed to offer agility and speed up research. However, in practice Openstack is rarely used in such environments. When it comes to scientific applications, there is hardly any documentation on techniques and architecture for Openstack based cloud.

In this talk, we provide the missing guide. 


  1. Workload Classification: CPU, Memory or IO bound.
  2. Managing CPU w/ Openstack, libvirt and KVM: Advanced CPU features, NUMA topology, Cache coherency
  3. Managing memory: over-provisioning, avoiding pitfalls w/ page sharing, NUMA architecture
  4. Network I/O: Tunneling overhead and Security Groups. Employing SR-IOV



  1. Managing users and access to resources for Scientific Cloud
  2. Opportunistic scaling of computational applications
  3. Streamlining research with Murano apps versioning

What can I expect to learn?

* Tweaking OpenStack to extract baremetal performance for Scientific Computational Workloads

* Planning OpenStack deployment to match requirements of workloads with underlying physical resources

* Architecture of Scientific Computational Cloud


Wednesday, November 8, 11:00am-11:40am (12:00am - 12:40am UTC)
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Platform9 Systems Inc
Sachin is a Kubernetes Tech Lead at Platform9. After graduating from UT, Austin he started his career coding tools for making VM management easier @VMware. He then moved on to simplifying Openstack delivered as a service for @Platform9. These days, he is muddying up the Kubernetes space, working to simplify enterprise Kubernetes-as-a-service and app management.  FULL PROFILE
Platform9 Systems, Inc
I am a backend engineer at Platform9 Systems Inc. working on various OpenStack projects including Nova, Keystone and Heat. Prior to joining Platform9, I was working at VMware Inc. on the hybrid cloud project. FULL PROFILE
Platform9 Systems, Inc
Prior to joining Platform9 in 2015, Cody was the lead cloud architect at General Electric, where he built one of the world’s largest private clouds based on VMware vCloud Director spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. With more than 15 years of IT infrastructure experience across multiple industries, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, particularly as an enterprise IT... FULL PROFILE