Oct 14 – 18, 2013
Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Tier-1 experience with provisioning virtualized worker nodes on demand

Oct 14, 2013, 3:00 PM
Grote zaal (Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage)

Grote zaal

Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

Poster presentation Distributed Processing and Data Handling A: Infrastructure, Sites, and Virtualization Poster presentations


Andrew David Lahiff (STFC - Science & Technology Facilities Council (GB))


While migration from the grid to the cloud has been gaining increasing momentum in recent times, WLCG sites are currently still expected to accept grid job submission, and this is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, sites which support multiple experiments may need to provide both cloud and grid-based access to resources for some time, as not all experiments may be ready to move to the cloud at the same time. In order to make optimal use of resources, a site with a traditional batch system as well as a cloud resource may want to make opportunistic use of their cloud at times when there are idle jobs and all worker nodes in the batch system are busy, by extending the batch system into the cloud. We present two implementations, one based on HTCondor and the other based on SLURM as a batch system, in which virtualized worker nodes are provisioned on demand using a StratusLab cloud.

Primary authors

Andrew David Lahiff (STFC - Science & Technology Facilities Council (GB)) Ian Collier (UK Tier1 Centre)

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