Vancouver, BC
May 21-24, 2018

Event Details

Supporting General Federation for Large-Scale Collaborations

Dr. Craig A. Lee, NIST/IEEE Joint Working Group on Federated Cloud, [email protected]
Dr. Martial Michel, Data Machines, Inc., [email protected]
Dr. Khalil Yazdi, Yazdi and Associates
Dr. Robert Bohn, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Determine how the OpenStack Community can partner with the NIST/IEEE Joint WG on Federated Cloud, and the Open Research Cloud Alliance (ORCA), to develop support for general cloud federation, and enable a wide range of collaborative application domains at any level in the software stack: IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS.

The momentum around cloud federation continues to grow. The NIST/IEEE Joint WG on Federated Cloud [1,2,3] has been running for almost seven months now, and recently held their first workshop [4] to report-out on current work and invite stakeholders to review, comment, help in charting the course of future work. The Open Research Cloud Alliance [5] has been actively developing consensus across the scientific community stakeholders and will be holding their 4th Open Research Cloud Congress at the Vancouver Summit. The Open Geospatial Consortium will also be kicking-off their Testbed-14 [6] project in April which has a federated cloud task to demonstrate specific geospatial data sharing scenarios.

This Forum topic will continue the discussion around cloud federation started at the OpenStack Summit Forum in Sydney [7,8]. Keystone, OpenStack and the OpenStack community are in a unique position to take a leadership position and make significant contributions to this process. Keystone has already built-out basic support to "federate-in" identities and "federate-out" OpenStack services. With modest additional capabilities Keystone could support general federations across multiple administrative domains [9] at any level in the system stack, i.e., IaaS, Paas, and SaaS. This would facilitate a wide variety of collaborations, including areas as diverse as international "big science" collaborations, international disaster response, and supply chain management, just to name a few.

This discussion session will center around possible federation deployment and governance models that could be built-out in Keystone that embody the key concepts and design principles being developed in the NIST/IEEE Joint WG and ORCA. The success of these efforts will depend directly on engaging with cloud builders, operators, and stakeholders. We welcome the opportunity to pursue this goal with the OpenStack community.

[1] Press Release:
[2] NIST Public WG on Federated Cloud:
Twiki Page:
Mailing List: [email protected]
[3] IEEE/P2302 Intercloud WG:
Project Site:
Mailing List: [email protected]
[4] NIST/IEEE Federation Cloud Workshop,
[6] OGC Testbed-14,
[9] Lee, C. A., "Turn OpenStack into the Global Intercloud

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30pm-4:10pm
Difficulty Level: N/A
Craig Lee  Moderator
Senior Scientist
Dr. Craig A. Lee is a Senior Scientist in the Computer Systems Research Department of the Aerospace Corporation. He has worked in high-performance parallel and distributed computing for the last thirty years. This work has led to Dr. Lee's involvement in the Open Grid Forum (OGF) where he served as President from 2007 to 2010, and facilitated the global federation of “big science”... FULL PROFILE
Data Machines Corp., Director of Scientific Computing
Martial has worked in the distributed computing field for 20 years, starting with designing data serialization algorithms for MPI  (his PhD subject), making multimedia network streams to be used on commercial off the shelf hardware time synchronized, implementing a job scheduling software, architecting data-driven research evaluation platforms, and lead the team the NIST team using... FULL PROFILE
Experienced executive level consulting, business development and strategic planning for research & education institutions and advising technology companies and service providers supporting the research community, teaching and learning at the higher education and the education vertical. FULL PROFILE
NIST Cloud Computing Program Manager
Dr. Bohn serves as Program Manager for the NIST Cloud Computing Program. In this role, he manages and coordinates the goals and strategy of the program. Through collaborations with industrial, academic and other government stakeholders, NIST published the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap (NIST SP 500-293). The requirements in the roadmap focus on the issues of security,... FULL PROFILE