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Scientific SIG

Revision as of 18:36, 16 October 2018 by Stig Telfer (talk | contribs) (IRC Meeting October 16th 2018)

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 Special Interest Group (SIG) landing page.
Please cite this SIG using the #scientific tag on listservs, github, blogs, twitter and other social infrastructure.


Aim: The Scientific SIG is dedicated to representing and advancing the use-cases and needs of research and high-performance computing with 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 SIG using one of the mailing lists above, 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 SIG (in reverse chronological order):

  • [Please add latest activity for the #scientific SIG here at the top of this list]
  • The group previously known as the Scientific Working Group adopted SIG status in accordance with recommendation by the OpenStack User Committee
  • 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, we select focus areas of interest to active members at the time. These SIG 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 SIG 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 24th 2018

2018-10-24 1100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Jacob Anders - ephemeral hypervisors in an Ironic cloud

IRC Meeting October 16th 2018

2018-10-16 2100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Topics for the agenda for Berlin
  2. AOB

IRC Meeting October 10th 2018

2018-10-10 1100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Review of Scientific SIG presence at upcoming events
    1. SC 2018, Dallas
    2. OpenStack, Berlin
    3. CIUK 2018, Manchester UK
  2. Experience of parallel filesystems in OpenStack: BeeGFS, Lustre, SpectrumScale
    1. As infrastructure storage?
    2. As platform storage? [1]
    3. Can the performance promise be realised?
  3. AOB

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting October 2nd 2018

2018-10-02 2100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. AOB

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting September 26th 2018

2018-09-26 1100 UTC in channel #openstack-meeting

  1. Using Keycloak for proxying federated authentication
  2. Berlin!
    1. Forum topics to contribute (closing date September 26th)
    2. https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Forum/Berlin2018
    3. Schedule space for SIG activities
  3. AOB

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting September 18th 2018

  1. Berlin!
    1. Forum topics to contribute (closing date September 26th)
    2. https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Forum/Berlin2018
    3. Schedule space for SIG activities
  2. AOB

Minutes from the meeting

IRC Meeting September 12th 2018

  1. Proceedings from SIG meeting at PTG
    1. https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/scientific-sig-denverptg2018
    2. Ironic support for boot from Ceph volume
    3. Ironic support for Trusted Boot
  2. SIG representation at CIUK 2018, 12-13 December in Manchester, UK?
    1.  https://www.scd.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/CIUK2018_Presentations.aspx
  3. AOB

Minutes from the meeting

Earlier Meetings

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