LHC Computing: towards clouds and agile infrastructures

1 Sep 2014, 14:30
Aula (FTU)




Tim Bell (CERN)


CERN is undergoing a major transformation in how computing services are delivered with the addition of a second data centre to help process over 35PB/year from the Large Hadron Collider. Within the constraints of fixed budget and manpower, agile computing techniques and common open source tools are being adopted to support over 11,000 physicists. By challenging special requirements and understanding how other large computing infrastructures are built, we have deployed a 50,000 core cloud based infrastructure building on tools such as Puppet, OpenStack and Kibana. In moving to a cloud model, this has also required close examination of the IT processes and culture. Finding the right approach between Enterprise and DevOps techniques has been one of the greatest challenges of this transformation. This talk will cover the requirements, tools selected, results achieved so far and the outlook for the future. ==================================================== The talk is presented by Tim Bell. Tim Bell is responsible for the CERN IT Operating System and Infrastructure Group which supports Windows, Mac and Linux across the site along with virtualisation, printing, E-mail and web services. Prior to working at CERN, Tim worked for Deutsche Bank managing private banking infrastructure for Europe and with IBM as a Unix kernel developer and deploying large scale technical computing solutions. Tim is also an elected individual member of the OpenStack management board since 2012 and a member of the OpenStack user committee.

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Tim Bell (CERN)

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