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Scientific SIG

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Status: Active (@May 2016)
Chairs: Stig Telfer and Blair Bethwaite
OpenStack Foundation liaison: David F. Flanders <Flanders@OpenStack.org>

Welcome to the OpenStack Scientific Working Group landing page.
Please cite this working group using the #scientific-wg tag on listservs, github, blogs, twitter and other social infrastructure.


Aim: The Scientific Working Group is dedicated to representing and advancing the use-cases and needs of research and high-performance computing atop OpenStack. It's also a great forum for cross-institutional collaboration. If you are (or would like to) run OpenStack to support researchers/scientists/academics and/or HPC/HTC, then please join!


  • HPC/HTC Infrastructure
  • Research Data Infrastructure
  • Application Infrastructure
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Create opportunities for the scientific community to engage the wider OpenStack community, i.e. industry,


The default communication of our members is via the following open community mailing lists:

Please use the hashtag "scientific-wg" for tagging any etherpad URLs, code, blogs posts, scientific research and/or other social publishing platforms.


No formal membership is required. Please introduce yourself and/or fellow colleagues to this working group using one of the mailing lists below, or by attending one of the IRC meetings.

This group is open to all members of the scientific OpenStack community and supporting vendors.


Significant dates for the working group (in reverse chronological order):

  • [Please add latest activity for the #scientific-wg here at the top of this list]
  • A proposal for hosting a face-to-face working group meeting was drafted at the following document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10d7XDC1yw3thjxMMC1EXJlfmMAcjkfj2wnhH2MJgh9k/edit
  • The group was approved by the OpenStack foundation's User Committee board and wiki page minted on 15th January 2016.
  • The original proposal and call for nominations was drafted via this etherpad: https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/scientific-wg
  • The #scientific-wg originated from a conversation in the hallways of the Tokyo OpenStack summit (Oct 2015), ideas originating from John Taylor, Paul Calleja, Stig Telfer, Jonathan Proulx, David F. Flanders, Lauren Sell & Tom Fifield.



The Scientific Working Group usually meets at the OpenStack Design summits, and also at operators mid-cycle meetups (where possible).

IRC Meetings

For the best global coverage, IRC meetings are held in alternating time zones:

  • Every two weeks on even weeks, 2100 UTC on Tuesday in IRC channel #openstack-meeting
  • Every two weeks on odd weeks, 0700 UTC on Wednesday in IRC channel #openstack-meeting

Full details (including a calendar file) are available at eavesdrop.openstack.org. If you need help getting started with IRC see http://docs.openstack.org/upstream-training/irc.html.

IRC Meeting July 12th 2016

2016-07-12 2100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Review of Activity Areas and opportunities for progress
    1. Bare metal
      1. Networking requirements/considerations
    2. Parallel filesystems
    3. Accounting and scheduling
  2. OpenStack & HPC white paper
  3. Other business
    1. Contributions sought to the Hypervisor Tuning Guide
    2. HPC / Research speaker track at Barcelona Summit

IRC Meeting July 6th 2016

2016-07-06 0900 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Review of Activity Areas and opportunities for progress:
    1. Accounting and scheduling
      1. Blazar and Preemptible instances
    2. Bare metal
    3. Parallel filesystems
    4. User Stories
      1. OpenStack & HPC white paper
  2. Other business
    1. HPC / Research speaker track at Barcelona Summit

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting June 28th 2016

2016-06-28 2100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. HPC / Research speaker track at Barcelona Summit
    1. Spread the word!
  2. Review of Activity Areas and opportunities for progress:
    1. Bare metal
    2. Parallel filesystems
    3. Accounting and scheduling
    4. User Stories
  3. Other business

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting June 22nd 2016

2016-06-22 0700 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. New items:
    1. Scientific OpenStack at Supercomputing 2016. OpenStack activities related to HPC and research computing at the annual Supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City in November.
      1. Possibility of organisations with booths providing space for OpenStack-related content
      2. Panel session on OpenStack for HPC & research computing
      3. Proposal for a Birds-of-Feather session
      4. White paper on OpenStack and HPC
    2. HPC / Research track at OpenStack Barcelona summit
      1. Deadline for presentation submissions
      2. Cross-promotion of the HPC/Research track in other channels
    3. Use cases and reference architectures
    4. Any other business

Minutes from the meeting

Earlier Meetings

Minutes and transcripts from all previous meetings can be found here.