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Nova compute will support running transient servers that are launched when capacity is available, and terminated without notice when capacity is required for standard servers.

Release Note

Existing servers and storage should continue to function as normal - in a cloud environment where requested remnant servers fill up all remaining capacity, it is important to configure nova such that nodes do not become oversubscribed beyond the SLA of the standard servers.


In a cloud environment using converged hardware (such as NASA's Nebula), it's not feasible to turn off underutilized compute nodes, since they are also functioning as storage nodes. The most energy-efficient approach is to keep all the nodes busy, all the time. We can achieve this by providing a second tier of virtual server services, with a 0% uptime SLA.

User stories

In a science computing environment, a default remnant job might function as a typical grid computing node, and consume batch jobs from a globus or condor system.

Requests for remnant capacity are made using the standard API calls.

Remnant servers will be terminated without notice. (A future enhancement would provide a webhooks callback on termination.)

Remnant servers will be launched when available.

Standard API metadata, available from within the remnant server, will provide access to a count of the number of remnant servers currently running for a specific job.

It is the job of the Scheduler to select which remnant request(s) should be running at any given time. (This is pluggable, and can support arbitrary rules regarding quota, priority, etc.)

This feature is similar to 'Spot Instances'.



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