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Scientific SIG

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Status: Active (@May 2016)
Chairs: Stig Telfer, Blair Bethwaite and Martial Michel
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 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" 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.

Activity Areas

Every OpenStack development cycle, four activity areas are selected to focus on, and working group members gather data on problems and solutions in areas that affect them.

For the Ocata development cycle, the four activity areas are:

Scientific OpenStack

The Scientific WG contributes knowledge and experience to the OpenStack Foundation's Scientific OpenStack site.

The Scientific WG also generated and maintains the content for the OpenStack/HPC guide "The Crossroads of Cloud and HPC: OpenStack for Scientific Research", published by the OpenStack Foundation and made available as an ebook.



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

Boston Summit, May 2017

The Scientific WG is planning a range activities for the summit in Boston:

  1. Boston Summit planning

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, 1100 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 October 3rd 2017

2017-10-03 2100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Open Research Cloud: looking for volunteers to lead working groups
    1. https://groups.google.com/a/openresearchcloud.org/forum/#!forumsearch/
  2. Discussion - a convention for image names between federated clouds
    1. https://github.com/CSCfi/CloudImageRecommendations
  3. Cloud for Science and Engineering - new book and resource portal
    1. https://cloud4scieng.org
  4. OpenStack-OpenHPC project code published
    1. https://github.com/hpc-cloud-toolkit/ostack-hpc

IRC Meeting September 27th 2017

2017-09-27 1100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Sydney summit: Scientific Hackathon - mentors sought
    1. http://hackathon.openstack.org.au/mentors/
  2. Open Research Cloud at EGI, Amsterdam
    1. WG perspectives sought
  3. Sydney Forum topics

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting September 19th 2017

2017-09-19 2100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Sydney summit: Scientific Hackathon - mentors sought
    1. http://hackathon.openstack.org.au/mentors/
  2. OpenStack Days UK - September 26th
    1. Scientific WG lightning talks wanted
    2. Prizes for best talk on the day!
  3. Guest speaker: Rajul Kumar: HPC and Cloud - efficient utilisation
    1. https://www.openstack.org/videos/boston-2017/hpchtc-and-cloud-making-them-work-together-efficiently
    2. Presentation slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6_MvTMovwvFcVppSy1xVmFVbDQ/view?usp=sharing
  4. Scientific Computing and OpenStack book
  5. Book and Sticker Point Person for SuperComputing 17 in Denver

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting September 13th 2017

2017-09-13 1100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Taking advantage of opportunistic capacity on OpenStack
    1. Experiences and solutions sought!
    2. Preemptible instances spec: input sought - https://review.openstack.org/#/c/438640
  2. Private cloud capacity meter
    1. https://github.com/johngarbutt/os-capacity
    2. NeCTAR's capacity monitoring: https://status.rc.nectar.org.au/capacity/
  3. Updated edition of the Scientific OpenStack book: Progress report
    1. Deadline for submission of WG input - 22nd September 2017
    2. Opportunities for new case studies - especially HPC infrastructure management
    3. Cover image proposals.
  4. Scientific SIG

Minutes from the meeting

Earlier Meetings

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