The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a UK Research Council which funds research and provides large facilities to the UK Scientific Community. This includes running a Tier 1 site for the LHC computing project, the JASMIN Super Data Cluster and a number of other HPC and HTC facilities. The Scientific Computing Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has been developing a cloud for use across both sites of the Department and in the wider scientific community. This is an OpenNebula backed by Ceph block storage. I will give a brief background of the project, describe our set up, some use cases and the work we have done around OpenNebula (including a simplified web front-end and a number of hooks to provide us with traceability). I will also discuss how we are creating an elastic boundary between our HTC batch farm and cloud.
I am a Systems Administrator in the Scientific Computing Department of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council. I work as part of the cloud team and I also work on a number of Grid services including our HTC batch farm for the LHC computing project.
Prior to my position here I worked in IT at a SMB focusing on Storage and Virtualisation, in particular Hyper-V and VMWare.