The FermiCloud project exists to provide on-demand computing and data movement services to the various experiments at Fermilab. We face a dynamically changing demand for compute resources and data movement, which we meet by enabling our users to run on our own site, remote grid sites, and cloud sites. We also instantiate on-demand data movement and web caching services to support this remote analysis. In this presentation we will briefly summarize some of the recent research results of our recent students and outline the challenges of the research problems in our current project. These include coordinated launches of compute nodes plus data movement servers, interoperability with new commercial clouds, and exploration of new distributed storage models.
Dr. Steven Timm is the associate head for Cloud Computing of the Grid and Cloud Services Department at Fermilab. He has led the FermiCloud project since its inception in early 2010, and been a member of the Fermilab staff since 2000. In this role he coordinates working with visiting students and guest researchers from other laboratories doing research and development on innovative techniques in distributed computing and cloud computing. He completed his PhD. Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in 1995.