Resource Intensive Open Clouds: A Workshop Hosted by Argonne National Labs
Earlier today, Argonne National Labs hosted and Notre Dame, Internet2, and Rackspace sponsored a one-day workshop to bring together key stakeholders and decision makers from the research community and industry supporting cloud-based cyber-infrastructure to surface unmet needs and identify current and near-term solutions that would provide valued services.
Through an open and thoughtful exchange, participants developed a shared understanding and vision of how open computing solutions can best support existing and emerging uses in a range of research disciplines. Workshop goals included incubating technical community; reaching consensus on a gap analysis (needs vs. current capabilities); and developing focused roadmap feedback for vendors. Some more specific short-term technical foci include: drivers for virtualization (or lighter-weight virtualization); cloud resource management and scheduler; and a platform for intensive applications.
Meeting outcomes include: developing a plan/charter for a continuing collaborative effort; identifying a regular communication channel; articulating the resource intensive cloud value proposition (versus a mature HPC cluster ecosystem), targeting midrange workloads; an assessment of the current and emerging state of technology that can be shared broadly; an articulation of a representative reference architecture; and importantly, identifying a few joint research/evaluation projects that can be reasonably pursued right away.
Watch for more details to come!