Taking the Best from Industry & Academics: Cross-SDO Projects to Accelerate HPC Cloud Innovation

Alan Sill, Texas Tech University

When the worlds of industry and large-scale academic HPC blend, the results can produce accelerated adoption of new technologies in ways that cannot be achieved as rapidly in either sector on its own. This talk will cover ongoing efforts between the Open Grid Forum and several other major formal cloud Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and projects bringing and promoting the best practices across a number of boundaries.

Working in partnership with a wide range of organizations and processes, this combined work has led to innovations such as the successful multi-organization Cloud Plugfest series of developer-oriented hands-on joint cross-organizational demonstration events, and partnerships and contributions to cloud roadmap projects and implementations throughout the world. OGF's explicit focus on finding and promoting the best practices in HPC and other large-scale data-intensive scaled computing implementations, regardless of the organization in which these practices originated, has been a key aspect for identifying and realizing progress across organizational boundaries.

Cross-SDO projects in which OGF is involved include work on end-to-end cloud service agreements (including SLAs) with TM Forum, work to develop the adoption of the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), work to explore future harmonization and/or interoperability between the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI) and OGF's Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI), explicit contributions to cloud roadmap activities of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and partnerships or memoranda of understanding with several other organizations active in cloud and big data topics. OGF standards also underpin most of the world's large-scale supercomputing and grid scientific infrastructure projects and have a strong uptake in industry settings.

By working with other SDOs and these projects, we hope to encourage adoption and use of standards across industry and academic projects to the mutual benefit of both sets of activities.