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Intel's presence and activities at OpenStack Summit - Vancouver, BC 2015


Intel had a very successful OpenStack Summit on May 18-22 in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a Headline Sponsor. We had a number of activities at this event including an executive keynote, a booth with eight staffed demos, nine general sessions, and an exclusive half-day track with five deep-dive technical sessions. We hosted the Yaletown Community Lounge where attendees could relax, enjoy a snack, catch up on emails or just hang out with friends and other attendees.

We also ran our third "Rule the Stack" contest, where attendees were able to show their technical chops by competing for fastest deployment time and win some cool prizes. 

Details about Intel's sessions and demos are provided below:


Intel Breakout Track Sessions - Thursday, May 21st


End-user panel on OpenStack Deployments In this session for the core developer community, senior technologists responsible for OpenStack-based infrastructure deployment in companies such as PayPal, ThomsonReuters, BMW and Kio Networks will talk about their experiences in deploying OpenStack, some of their workarounds to overcome challenges, and key requirements for OpenStack going forward. Anyone involved in deciding features to be prioritized for the next few releases is encouraged to participate in the discussion. Das Kamhout, Principal Engineer and Architect for Software Defined Infrastructure in Intel's Data Center Group 1:30-2:10pm      
Trusted Docker Containers and VMs Technologies such as h/w rooted Trusted Boot and Trusted Pools have been mainstream. These assure that VMs/workloads are launching on servers with demonstrated boot time integrity. However, for Docker containers, the following security questions remain open: can Docker platform be trusted, can Docker images be trusted? This presentation introduces Intel’s work to enable the transparent and trusted deployment of workloads (Docker and VMs) using Openstack by assuring h/w rooted boot-integrity of Docker platform and images. Raghu Yeluri, Principal Engineer and lead Security Solutions Architect in Intel's Data Center & Cloud Products Group, and Abhishek Gupta, Cloud Security Architect in Intel's Data Center & Cloud Products Group     2:20  -  3:00pm
OpenStack Enhancements to Support NFV Use Cases At the last Summit, we presented "Developing OpenStack as a Framework for NFV". Here we will present an update covering the structure and operation of the Telco Working Group, its relationship with other OpenStack groups, and industry initiatives such as ETSI-NFV and Open Platform for NFV. We will deep dive on leveraging features to deploy Telco use cases (CPU/NUMA topology, pinning, large pages enhancements, DPDK/vSwitch enablement, SR-IOV enhancement etc.), through an example deployment. We will close by describing what is needed for the next release. Adrian Hoban, Software Architect focusing on Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualisation in Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Division, Alan Kavanaugh from Ericsson, and Stephen Gordon from Red Hat. 3:10-3:50pm
Addressing storage management challenges using open source SDS controller Cost pressures, explosive data growth, and cloud workloads are driving the need for fundamental shift in how storage resources are being managed in the private cloud. In this session we present open Software Defined Storage (SDS) controller framework augmenting the OpenStack storage services (i.e., Cinder, Manila, Swift) to address storage management challenges and demonstrate an early prototype work. We present the Oregon State University IT case study outlining their requirements and how SDS controller can address them in an OpenStack environment. Anjaneya (Reddy) Chagam, Principal Engineer and chief SDS architect in Intel's Data Center Storage Group and Shayne Huddleston, IT,  Infrastructure Architect at Oregon State University 4:10-4:50pm 
Benchmarking Sahara-based Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) solutions Sahara provides a way to build Big Data as a Service on OpenStack, yet many options and considerations exist. This presentation introduces our work on benchmarking various solutions, including VM vs. container vs. bare-metal, HDFS vs. Swift, and a few others. This was conducted on latest Intel hardware platforms and will provide insights into maturity of BDaaS on OpenStack. We will share our exploration of the future of BDaaS on OpenStack, including Sahara EDP direction and Sahara integration with OpenStack Manila. Zhidong Yu is an Engineering Manager at Intel working on Big Data and Cloud; Matthew Farelle is from Red Hat. 5:00-5:40pm

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Intel General Sessions (click on Topic to download a presentation, if any posted)

Topic Track Speaker Date/Time/Room
What's up Swift? The globally distributed community behind Swift

Cloud Storage

Paul Luse, John Dickinson/Clay Gerrard (Swiftstack), Christian Schwede (RH), Kota Tsuyuzaki (NTT), Alistair Coles (HP), Matthew Oliver (Rackspace) Mon. May 18 
Room 109
Enhancing OpenStack projects with advanced SLA & Scheduling


Sylvain Bauza (Red Hat), Donald Dugger Mon. May 18 
Room 121/122
Dive into VM Live Migration


Michal Jastrzebski, Michal Dulko, Pawel Koniszewski Wed. May 20 
Room 110
Metadata tagging in Cinder

Cloud Storage

Wei (Dave) Chen Wed. May 20 
Room 109
Bringing provider networks into OpenStack using an L2 gateway

Cloud Networking

Maruti Kamat (HP), Isaku Yamahata (Intel), Sukhdev Kapur (Arista Networks) Wed. May 20 
Room 118/119/120
Tacker : Virtual Network Function Lifecycle management for OpenStack

Telco Strategy

Isaku Yamahata, Sridhar Ramaswamy (Brocade), Stephen Wong Thu. May 21 
Room 110
The Road to rolling upgrade of Intel IT private cloud

Enterprise IT Strategies

Shuquan Huang Thu. May 21 
1:30 - 2:10pm 
Room 202/203/204

Beyond the Horizon: Innovating and Customizing Horizon using Angular JS

Products, Tools, Services

David Lyle, Richard Jones (Rackspace), Cindy Lu (IBM), Thai Tran (IBM), Travis Tripp (HP)

Thu. May 21 
Room 116/117

Enterprise Strategies for Cloud Aware Apps

Targeting Apps for OpenStack Clouds

Cathy Spence, Stephen Walli (HP), Leong (Liberty Mutual), Gerd Pruessman (Deutsche Telekom) Thu. May 21
Room 211

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Intel's booth demo summary

Demo title Description

Trusted Platforms and Trusted VMs in OpenStack Cloud – Integrity protected workloads in OpenStack 

Technologies like h/w rooted Trusted Boot and Trusted Pools have been mainstream. These assure that VMs/workloads are launching on servers with demonstrated boot time integrity. However, for Docker containers, the following security questions remain open: can Docker platform be trusted, can Docker images be trusted? This demo will showcase Intel’s work to enable the transparent and trusted deployment of workloads (Docker and VMs) using Openstack by assuring h/w rooted boot-integrity of Docker platform and images.

OpenStack Intelligent Workload Scheduling

This demo shows how cloud operators can implement platform performance metrics like power and thermal in Nova scheduling of VMs and applications can leverage hardware acceleration available on the systems through a simple configuration of your VM flavors. With Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA), the Nova Scheduler matches the available hardware to the requested instance type (flavor). EPA exposes platform chipset capabilities including: AVX/AVX2, AES-NI, Quick Sync Video technology, QuickAssist, Some PCIe capabilities are now available in OpenStack Juno and Kilo as well.

Supporting Information

Nova Filter Scheduler

How to use PTAS in OpenStack

Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)

Intel® Node Manager

Assuring Performance of Software Defined Infrastructure

To effectively deploy and operate enterprise compute-intensive workloads in OpenStack Cloud requires enhancements in service objectives administration. Come and see how to take advantage of Intel Cloud Technologies to detect “nosy” and “noisy” neighbor VMs on multi-tenant OpenStack nodes. We will demonstrate how we measure the compute capacity on Intel compute nodes and VMs with normalized compute units using blueprints that have been submitted to OpenStack.

Intel Open Stack Storage Initiatives (Prototype SDS Controller, Swift Erasure Code/Policies, Ceph Virtual Storage Manager)

The demo will illustrate Intel’s vision and goals of an Open Source Software Defined Storage Controller to manage all of a user’s Storage resources, including an SDS Controller prototype running on Devstack to discover Swift and Ceph clusters. Swift with Erasure Coding (EC) extends Swift storage capabilities to improve data availability through parity, reducing cost and storage requirements. 

Running NFV workloads with Assurance on IA servers

Network Function Virtualized (NFV) workloads require assured compute and network performance. A solution built with network performance enhanced hardware requires 1. Creating a Network Assurance flavor 2. Openstack conf file and filter scheduler changes 3. Openstack VNF (virtual network function) VM attached to the above flavor which picks the enhanced platform 4. Metrics for network performance at the Neutron, compute, OVS and controller nodes. This demo will showcase orchestration of workload (BNG), performance graphs and dashboard views after running a workload.

Securing network traffic in OpenStack with Intel Security Controller, McAfee Network Security Platform, and McAfee Next Generation Firewall

This demo will show how to use Intel Security Controller in an OpenStack environment to provision, deploy and configure the McAfee virtual Network Security Platform appliance to inspect all network traffic from VMs in the environment. The Intel Security Controller will be used to group VMs by security needs, program flows to tag and redirect traffic for security inspection, and map security policies to the proper traffic tags.

NFV Workloads on Trusted Cloud Infrastructure

As network function virtualization evolves, networks that were once closed face new security challenges as they become virtualized, and as new functions – traditionally on locked down custom appliances – run on a shared x86 virtualized infrastructure. Platform integrity, trusted software and geo-location policies are important things to consider when running VNFs. In this demo we will showcase how Intel, with our partners, is developing technologies and solutions that integrate with OpenStack to bring enhanced trust and security into the NFV clouds – essentially providing a Trusted Cloud Infrastructure to run these critical Network functions on virtualized x86 infrastructure.
Clear Linux Containers

The Clear Linux™ Project for Intel® Architecture is a project that is building a Linux OS distribution for various cloud use cases. The goal of Clear Linux OS, is to showcase the best of Intel Architecture technology, from low level kernel features to more complex items that span across the entire operating system stack.

Containers are immensely popular in the cloud world. With Clear Containers we're working on a way to improve security of containers by using the VT-x technology of Intel processors.

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Rule the Stack Competition

The "Rule-the-Stack" competition, in a nutshell, challenges OpenStack wizards to build a complete OpenStack infrastructure with compute, storage, and networking and launch some virtual machines.

Participants will compete on speed and accuracy of their deployment. Bonuses and penalties will be applied to determine final times and score. Competitors will be encouraged to deploy on Kilo.


More details can be found on the "Rule-the-Stack" page here


Good luck!


Link to OpenStack Summit - Vancouver, BC Full Schedule


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OpenStack Summit Blogs


Blogger's name title/summary

Suzi Jewett, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Data Center Group, Intel Corporation

Intel’s Role in Building Diversity at OpenStack
Ravi Varanasi, General Manager, Cloud Security Solutions at Intel Corporation Gaining the Benefits, Avoiding the Risks
Imad Sousou, vice president in the Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center Fostering New Data Center Usages with Clear Containers
Intel PR team Chip Shot Unveils Enhanced containers Cloud Security Capabilities at the Openstack Summit
Krish Raghuram, OpenStack Marketing Manager, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corp

OpenStack - Day 1 at the OpenStack Summit - Vancouver

Krish Raghuram, OpenStack Marketing Manager, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corp

OpenStack - Day 2 at the OpenStack Summit - Vancouver

Allyson Klein, Director of Technology Leadership Marketing Data Center Group, Intel Corp OpenStack Delivers Large Advancements at Summit 
Rob Shiveley, Solutions Marketing Manager, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Software and Services Group OpenStack: A Unique Value Proposition for Flexibility and Affordability 


OpenStack Summit Podcasts

Podcast Name Interviewee

Intel Chip Chat - Live from OpenStack Vancouver 2015 - Day One

Curt Aubley, VP and CTO of the Data Center Group (DCG) and GM of the Innovation, Pathfinding, and Architecture Group for Intel Corporation

Intel Chip Chat - Live from OpenStack Vancouver 2015 - Day Two

Das Kamhout, Principal Engineer for Software Defined Infrastructure Group, in the Data Center Group (DCG) for Intel Corporation


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