11-14 March 2013
Saas Fee
Europe/Zurich timezone

PROOF on Clouds or the Virtual Analysis Facility

14 Mar 2013, 09:50
Schweizerhof (Saas Fee)


Saas Fee



Dario Berzano (CERN)


PROOF, the Parallel ROOT Facility, is a ROOT-based framework which enables interactive parallelism for event-based tasks on a cluster of computing nodes. A common showstopper for using PROOF has always been its deployment and configuration on a cluster: a big effort has been made to provide generic PROOF analysis facilities available with zero configuration, positively affecting stability and scalability as well. Since a large amount of computing resources are nowadays available through cloud providers in the form of virtual machines, we are presenting the virtual PROOF cluster, a virtual appliance based on CernVM and PoD (PROOF on Demand) ready to be deployed over the cloud either by a single user or by an experiment or organization. We will show the effectiveness of this approach both for sysadmins, which have no or little configuration to do to run the appliance in their clouds, and for end users, which can finally and fully self-support themselves in the event of a code crash.

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