HPC and Cloud Technologies in Greece and South Eastern Europe

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HPC and Cloud Technologies in
Greece and South Eastern Europe

Tryfon Chiotis

GRNET

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GRNET


state
-
owned company (SA) under GSRT
established in 1998


provide advanced e
-
infrastructures/services
to the Greek academic and research
institutions:


National and international connectivity


Infrastructures/services (network, computing,
storage) to the community


promotion and dissemination of ICT in the
public and private sector

3


>
100

universities, research centers, academic organizations


>

15.000

schools



>

1.000.000
users


Dark fiber backbone

(
Nx10 Gbps
)


access

1
||

10
Gbps per institution


International connectivity through GEANT network
3*10 Gbps


Neutral point for the Greek
Internet Exchange

(GRIX
)

node



peering all Greek ISPs

at

10Gbps each


GRID services


Storage Services


(e.g. Online Storage
-
Pithos,
50 or 100 GB
/
user

6
500 users per day
)


VPS VM provisioning (
>
4
00

VMs
)

& Public Cloud (~okeanos)


2
DataCenters (NRC

& Ministry of Education premises
)


GRNET numbers
:

4


35

PoPs


8410km

fibers (IRU)


MANs
Attiki &
Thessaloniki


DF loops
33

cities


Single
-
mode
fiber pair


15
-
years

IRUs


Availability >> 99%


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Cloud Services


Virtual Private Servers (VPS)



Persistent volumes/longevity/non volatile VMs
(RACKSPACE
style)



Public Cloud Service ~okeanos (VM, volumes)


Short lived/volatile instances (high churn rate)



Amazon
(
AWS) style



Online File Storage Service (Amazon S3 like)


Files, groups, REST API


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Public Cloud Service ~okeanos


Deliver
IaaS

to GRNET’s customers


direct: IT
depts

of connected institutions


indirect: university students, researchers in academia


Other
IaaS

efforts (Amazon, Rackspace,
Nimbula
,
Nebula,
GoGrid

etc
)


Amazon EC2 not an end
-
user service


Need to develop custom UI, AAI layers


Vendor lock
-
in


Unsuitable for IT
depts

persistent, long
-
term servers, custom networking requirements


Nimbula

Director offers similar functionality

GRNET and HPC

-
Invited by the Ministry of Development to submit
a proposal which will support Greece’s
participation in
PRACE.

-
Goal is the development of a national HPC
infrastructure that will join PRACE’s Tier
-
1
European infrastructure.

-
Budget 3.5
MEuro

-
Procurement and installation of HPC infrastructure

-
Operation and provision of support services


Technical specs and target
applications

-

Aiming for at least a ~
150
Tflops

supercomputing system

-
Petabyte level storage

-
Hosting
in GRNET’s
existing
Datacenter

-
Support for a wide range of scientific disciplines:

Biomedicince
, Bioinformatics, Computational Engineering,
Physics,
Metoerology
, Climatology, Seismology, Computational
Chemistry etc.

-
Based on the
results of the
HellasHPC

feasibility study

-
National survey
among 29
academic and research institutes
(summer 2010)

-
Collected requirements from 200 scientific applications
developed by 162 research teams from various scientific
domains


High
-
Performance & Supercomputing:

HP
-
SEE


33 months 3,88 m


project, 540MMs



120 Tflops aggregate


2 BlueGene machines


Larger procurements coming up



Close links to PRACE


Possibility of a joint Tier
-
1 centre



Balance of national and EC funds


Towards long
-
term sustainable
European hierarchical model

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Key results: HPC Initiatives


Support the setup of national HPC task forces or their incorporation in
existing structures


National HPC initiatives guidelines provided


Governance, organizational, operational, training and dissemination details
provided


D2.2: “National HPC task
-
force modeling and organizational guidelines”


Recommendations for HPC centers procurement provided


Legal, procedural, technical and planning


D2.1: “
Procurement guidelines analysis



Regional collaboration models in definition: Draft resource sharing
MoU in place


Liaison with PRACE, other pan
-
European activities, and world
-
wide
initiatives



HP
-
SEE: Project Objectives


Objective 1


Empowering multi
-
disciplinary virtual research
communities



Objective 2


Deploying integrated infrastructure for virtual
research communities


Including a GEANT link to Southern Caucasus



Objective 3


Policy development and stimulating regional
inclusion in pan
-
European HPC trends



Objective 4


Strengthening the regional and national human
network

Crucial for regional cooperation: policy
development and political support


Project:
South
-
East European Area for
eInfrastructures


Area:
"INFRA
-
2008
-
3.1: ERA
-
NET supporting
cooperation for research infrastructures in all S&T
fields“


Start:
1 April 2009


Duration:
36 months


Project type:
Coordination and support action


Partnership:
Ministry partners + eInfra partners
programme manager partners


Core Objective:
Develop and strengthen the
coordination and cooperation of national
eInfrastructures programmes in the region of South
-
East Europe.


SEERA
-
EI: policy level collaboration


Establishing a communication platform for programme owners, at
www.seera
-
ei.eu


Analysis of past and current eInfrastructure programmes and funding
modalities



Joint training events; bilateral visits


Best Practices identification


National programme cookbook



Studies for joint operations centers, network (SEELight), HPC (regional
ops centers)


Joint pilot call between Ministries in cloud computing


Join regional strategy and vision MoU





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Common vision & strategy

See more on:
http://okeanos.grnet.gr