ViDA OpenStack cluster is currently in its implementation phase. It is not in production yet.
OpenStack Cloud provides Infrastructure as a Service.
Users request the resources they need for their project and are given low level access to those resources with a particular system image installed.
- The system then installs the requested images and gives control to the user.
Users are free to utilize the system in whatever manner their research requires
They can install packages, customize the system, and run/modify system services.
This allows experienced researchers to work independently of support staff, improving productivity and freeing support staff to work on larger issues.
OpenStack™ Cloud also allows for operations that are not normally available on traditional clusters
Users can create snapshots of their systems allowing them to go back to past states if an experiment goes awry or to reproduce an experiment at a latter date.
Users can create virtual networks allowing control of communication between different nodes. This is particularly useful for developing networked applications.
Rich library of supported environments
These environments can be provisioned with a push of a button making the process seamless for HPC staff.
These environments do not necessary need to provide root access, ensuring that the system would work as expected.
- This could allow HPC departments to provide the same level of support to users who don’t need full control of the system or don’t have the technical skills necessary.
HPC Cluster OpenStack
The heart of this new cluster will consist of 25 new servers
The compute nodes will be backed by a Ceph storage system.