Oct 10 – 14, 2016
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
America/Los_Angeles timezone

Stealth Cloud: How not to waste CPU during grid to cloud transitions

Oct 13, 2016, 12:00 PM
Sierra B (San Francisco Mariott Marquis)

Sierra B

San Francisco Mariott Marquis

Oral Track 6: Infrastructures Track 6: Infrastructures


Daniela Bauer (Imperial College Sci., Tech. & Med. (GB))


When first looking at converting a part of our site’s grid infrastructure into a cloud based system in late 2013 we needed to ensure the continued accessibility of all of our resources during a potentially lengthy transition period.
Moving a limited number of nodes to the cloud proved ineffective as users expected a significant number of cloud resources to be available to justify the effort of converting their workflows onto the cloud.
Moving a substantial part of the cluster into the cloud carries an inherent risk, such as the cloud nodes sitting idle while waiting for the VOs to finish their development work and other external factors. To mitigate this, we implemented a system to seamlessly move some of the grid workload across to the cloud such that they could use any idle resources.A requirement for this was that the existing grid jobs must be transparently run in a VM without requiring any adjustments by the job owner. To accomplish this we brought together a number of existing tools, ARC-CE, glideinWMS (a pilot-based WMS developed by CMS) & OpenStack.

This talk will focus on the details of the implementation and show that this is a viable long-term solution to maintain resource usage during long periods of transition.

Primary Keyword (Mandatory) Cloud technologies
Secondary Keyword (Optional) Computing middleware

Primary authors

Daniela Bauer (Imperial College Sci., Tech. & Med. (GB)) Simon Fayer (Imperial College Sci., Tech. & Med. (GB))

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