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About: With a mission to foster ambitious and aspirational research objectives, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Australia operates world-class computing services for a collaboration of Australian national research organisations and research-intensive universities.
As an increasing number of applications such as Bio-informatics leverage Big Data, and more of our virtual laboratories call for elastic, self-service provisioning and research data sharing. NCI has created platforms which combine the flexibility of OpenStack Cloud provisioning with both high speed Ethernet and high performance InfiniBand fabrics to deliver a union of compute and I/O which challenges traditional HPC performance.
In this presentation. we will discuss the various approaches we explored leading to our current implementation, share some of our performance results and examine the role that high-speed networks and fabrics play in enhancing NCI cloud performance and efficiency.
Speaker Bio: Andrew Howard – HPC and Cloud, National Computational Infrastructure
Andrew has many decades of hands-on technical, diplomatic and logistics experience covering a wide range of standard and bespoke technologies, languages and applications within Industry, Government and Academia nationally and internationally.
A fascination with computers and networking as a student lead to Andrew pioneering implementations of networks starting with installing the first Ethernet in Australia at Digital Equipment Corp in the early 80’s, the first fibre optic extended Ethernet in the mid 80’s, national converged DECnet, TCP/IP, SNA and X.25 networks in the late 80’s, ISDN, Frame relay and secure networks in the early 90’s, development and operation of one of the first Internet Service Providers in Australia in the 90’s, managing the development and delivery of the next generation Australian National Research and Education Network GrangeNet and AARNet3 networks, managing the development and operation of the Australian Government ICON fibre network and setting world speed records in International networking in the early part of this century.
Since joining the Australian National University in 2006 he has managed the evaluation, development and implementation of high speed communications systems, fibre networks and collaboration facilities. He represents the University at International Research Network groups including APAN, Internet2 and TNC and has held the positions as Co-Chair of a number of APAN Working Groups. As Co-Chair of the APAN E-Culture working group for many years he lead the production of the Dancing Q and Dancing Across Oceans Performance events.
OpenStack Australia Day - Sydney 2016