9-13 July 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria
Europe/Sofia timezone

Optimizing OpenStack Nova for Scientific Workloads

10 Jul 2018, 11:00
Hall 10 (National Palace of Culture)

Hall 10

National Palace of Culture

presentation Track 7 – Clouds, virtualization and containers T7 - Clouds, virtualization and containers


Belmiro Moreira (CERN)


The CERN OpenStack Cloud provides over 200.000 CPU cores to run data processing analyses for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. To deliver these services, with high performance and reliable service levels, while at the same time ensuring a continuous high resource utilization has been one of the major challenges for the CERN Cloud engineering team.

Several optimizations like NUMA-aware scheduling and huge pages, have been deployed to improve Scientific Workloads performance, but the CERN Cloud team continues to explore new possibilities like pre-emptible instances and containers in baremetal.

In this presentation we will dive into the concept and implementation challenges of pre-emptible instances and containers on baremetal for Scientific Workloads. We will also explore how they can improve Scientific Workloads throughput and infrastructure resource utilization.

We will present the ongoing collaboration with the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) community to develop the necessary upstream enhancement to further improve OpenStack Nova to support large-scale scientific workloads.

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