June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: (04a) An Initial Microbenchmark Performance Study for Assessing the Suitability of Scientific Workloads Using Virtualized Resources from a Federated Australian Academic Cloud
Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Room:   Hall 4
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
07:30 am - 10:30 am Welcome Coffee
Presenter:   Jakub Chrzęszczyk, Australian National University
Abstract:   The NeCTAR compute cloud, is a Federated Australian academic compute cloud that is now widely available to Australian researchers, facilitating compute-on-demand CPU cycles in contrast to traditional access to supercomputer centre CPU cycles.
OpenStack is the cloud middleware orchestration layer for managing the lifecycle of virtual machines on the NeCTAR cloud, and it has also been customised to allow for the federation of geographically separated nodes which span the Australian continent.
In this poster we provide initial microbenchmark results characterising CPU/memory-subsystem, I/O and interconnect performance using IPerf, FIO, STREAMS and Linpack. These benchmarks are proxies for a more detailed future study using production scientific applications allowing us to assess the suitability of Australian national cloud resources in running scientific workloads. Of the eight planned NeCTAR nodes, there are five distinct nodes that are visible to an end-user.

Joseph Antony, Australian National University; Jakub Chrzęszczyk, Australian National University; Dongyang Li, Australian National University; Matthew Sanderson, Australian National University; Andrzej Chrzęszczyk, Jan Kochanowski University; Ben Evans, Australian National University