11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation What is Nimbus? l An extensible open source Infrastructure-as-a- Service implementation u Turns your cluster into a cloud l Why open source IaaS? u Experiment and use: make your own cloud or configure a private cloud u Customize: try new things, make the IaaS paradigm work for your application domain l Our particular interest in customization: scientific computing
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Nimbus Features l Cloud computing infrastructure u WSRF and EC2 interfaces u Xen implementation (KVM in preparation for release) u Launches flexibly defined groups of VMs and configures their networking l Can be configured to use familiar schedulers like PBS and SGE to manage VMs u The workspace pilot l Launches self-configuring virtual clusters u The context broker l Defines an extensible architecture u And has been extended by various projects News Flash: Ian Gable from UVIC becomes a Nimbus committer!
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation 5-click Guide to Nimbus workspace control workspace resource manager workspace pilot workspace service IaaS gateway context broker context client EC2 potentially other providers cloud client workspace client storage service EC2 WSRF
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Science Clouds News Flash: the Masaryk cloud officially available online today!
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Science Clouds: Goals l Make it easy for scientific projects to experiment with cloud computing u Can cloud computing be used for science? l Customize software in response to the needs of scientific projects u Start with EC2-like functionality and evolve to serve scientific projects: virtual clusters, diverse resource leases u Federating clouds: moving between cloud resources in academic and commercial space
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Who Runs on Science Clouds? Project diversity: Science, CS, education, build&test… CloudBLAST (UFL) STAR HEP experiment (BNL) Container scalability study (UC) Montage workflows (USC) GridFTP testing (UC) Alice HEP experiment (CERN) Nimbus development&testing (UC) MPI evaluation (IU) Bioinformatics (UM) New users
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation CloudBLAST l CS research: investigate latency-sensitive apps, e.g. hadoop l Need access to distributed resources, and high level of privilege to run a ViNE router l Virtual workspace: ViNE router + application VMs l Paper: CloudBLAST: Combining MapReduce and Virtualization on Distributed Resources for Bioinformatics Applications by Andréa Matsunaga, Maurício Tsugawa and José Fortes, accepted to eScience U of Florida U of Chicago ViNE router ViNE router
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation STAR l STAR: a high-energy physics experiment l Needs resources with the right configuration u Complex environments: correct versions of operating systems, libraries, tools, etc all have to be installed. u Consistent environments: require validation l Solution: deploy a virtual OSG STAR cluster u OSG CE (headnode) plus STAR worker nodes: SL4 + STAR conf l Requirements u One-click virtual cluster deployment u Migration: Science Clouds -> EC2 l Last September: EC2 runs of up to 100 nodes (production scale, non-critical codes) l Testing for critical production deployment l Work by Jerome Lauret, Doug Olson, Leve Hajdu, Lidia Didenko
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Infrastructure Testing l Project: tests of various Globus components on different platforms for correctness and scalability l Need short-term but flexible access to diverse platforms l Workspaces: Globus others l Work by various members of the Globus Toolkit (Tom Howe, John Bresnahan, Stu Martin, Martin Feller) l Resulted in provisioning a private Nimbus cloud for Globus
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Alice HEP Experiment at CERN Collaboration with the CERNVM project
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Other Projects l Evaluating a cloud from users perspective Paper: Exploration of the Applicability of Cloud Computing to Large-Scale Scientific Workflows, C. Hoffa, T. Freeman, G. Mehta, E. Deelman, K. Keahey, SWBES08: Challenging Issues in Workflow Applications l Economics Paper: Testing Different Imitation Strategies in PD Game on Networks, Svarc, P. and N. Svarcova, Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination (JEIC-D ).
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation What Our Users Are Saying
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation Getting Started l Available to scientific projects l Send us mail to get access l Do the quickstart: you should be running in 15 minutes! l Move on to create virtual clusters and virtual Grids
11/19/08 SC08 ANL Booth Presentation The Last Slide l Nimbus is an extensible, easy-to-use, open source tool for configuring clouds l What has our impact been? u Utilization, time used per project, etc. u Scientific results, papers written and in preparation, ongoing discussions l Another kind of impact: we are doing things we could not do before u Deploying network routers on remote platforms u Easily finding the right environment in distributed environment u Provisioning resource when we need them l Were learning whats possible