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Optimized HPC-AI cloud with OpenStack acceleration service and composable hardware

Shuquan Huang from 99Cloud gave this talk at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. “In this session, we will introduce OpenStack Acceleration Service – Cyborg, which provides a management framework for accelerator devices (e.g. FPGA, GPU, NVMe SSD). We will also discuss Rack Scale Design (RSD) technology and explain how physical hardware resources can be dynamically aggregated to meet the AI/HPC requirements.”

Excelero and Mellanox Boost Ceph Performance in OpenStack Cloud

OpenStack cloud provider Teuto.net has reported exceptional performance with low-latency block storage using deployed Excelero’s NVMesh Server SAN along with Mellanox SN2100 switches. As more customers need storage suitable for demanding databases that exceed Ceph’s performance, teuto.net achieved a 2,000% performance gain and 10x lower IO latency with NVMesh compared to Ceph while avoiding costly, less scalable appliances and proprietary vendor solutions.

Kubernetes as a Service Built on OpenStack

Saverio Proto from SWITCH gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “At SWITCH we are looking to provide a container platform as a Service solution. We are working on Kubernetes leveraging the Openstack cloud provider integration. In this talk we show how to re-use the existing keystone credentials to access the K8s cluster, how to obtain PVCs using the Cinder storage class and many other nice integration details.”

Universities step up to Cloud Bursting

In this special guest feature, Mahesh Pancholi from OCF writes that many of universities are now engaging in cloud bursting and are regularly taking advantage of public cloud infrastructures that are widely available from large companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. “By bursting into the public cloud, the university can offer the latest and greatest technologies as part of its Research Computing Service for all its researchers.”

Bright Computing Release 8.1 adds new features for Deep Learning, Kubernetes, and Ceph

Today Bright Computing released version 8.1 of the Bright product portfolio with new capabilities for cluster workload accounting, cloud bursting, OpenStack private clouds, deep learning, AMD accelerators, Kubernetes, Ceph, and a new lightweight daemon for monitoring VMs and non-Bright clustered nodes. “The response to our last major release, 8.0, has been tremendous,” said Martijn de Vries, Chief Technology Officer of Bright Computing. “Version 8.1 adds many new features that our customers have asked for, such as better insight into cluster utilization and performance, cloud bursting, and more flexibility with machine learning package deployment.”

Ace Computers Offers OpenStack Solutions

Today Ace Computers announced four leading-edge OpenStack applications for clusters, servers and workstations. Although the company has been working with top open source application providers for decades—this is the first announcement of an offering portfolio that includes Red Hat, SUSE, Bright Computing and CentOS. “We have the advantage over most of our competitors of decades-long partnerships with many platform developers,” said Ace Computers CEO John Samborski. ” These strong relationships give us access to leading-edge innovations and expertise that allow us to build the best possible solutions for our clients.”

Supercomputing by API: Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC

In this video from OpenStack Australia, David Perry from the University of Melbourne presents: Supercomputing by API – Connecting Modern Web Apps to HPC. “OpenStack is a free and open-source set of software tools for building and managing cloud computing platforms for public and private clouds. OpenStack Australia Day is the region’s largest, and Australia’s best, conference focusing on Open Source cloud technology. Gathering users, vendors and solution providers, OpenStack Australia Day is an industry event to showcase the latest technologies and share real-world experiences of the next wave of IT virtualization.”

CyVerse’s Atmosphere Platform comes to Massachusetts Open Cloud

Recently, the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) adopted Atmosphere as a means of making it easier for academics to access cloud resources. MOC is a public computational cloud based upon the Open Cloud Exchange model in which many stakeholders participate in the cloud’s development and operation. The project caters to a varied community of users, including academic entities and industrial partners, and those who require computational resources as well as groups providing such resources.

OpenStack for Research Computing

“This talk will present the motivating factors for considering OpenStack for the management of research computing infrastructure. Stig Telfer will give an overview of the differences in design criteria between cloud, HPC and data analytics, and how these differences can be mitigated through architectural and configuration choices of an OpenStack private cloud. Some real-world examples will be given that demonstrate the potential for using OpenStack for managing HPC infrastructure. This talk will present ways that the HPC community can gain the benefits of using software-defined infrastructure without paying the performance overhead.”

For HPC, Red Hat Offers Much More than just Linux

“The HPC Community demands performance, transparency, and value—exactly what Red Hat and open source offer. Red Hat is the standard choice for Linux in HPC clusterers worldwide. But it doesn’t stop there–our cloud, virtualization, storage, platform and service-oriented solutions bring real freedom and collaboration to federal, state, local, and academic programs. And Red Hat’s worldwide support, training and consulting services bring the power of open source to your agency. We are a part of a larger community working together to drive innovation.”