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OpenStack Workshop


The University of Zurich is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop OpenStack: from Usage to Operation to be held from Tuesday, December 1 to Friday, December 4, 2015 at CSCS in Lugano, Switzerland.

CSCS is hosting the workshop, which is provided by staff from the S3IT: "Service and support for ScienceIT” team at UZH, who offer training based on their deployment of a significant OpenStack-based private cloud for research.

The contents of the workshop target experienced system administrators with little or no knowledge on cloud infrastructure, interested in learning how to deploy and operate Openstack. Goal of the workshop is to give a comprehensive understanding of how OpenStack works and how its services interact with each other. We will give an overview of the possible deployment choices. As a hands-on exercise you will install a private cloud on Ubuntu, without using any specific deployment tool,
in order to have a better understanding of the internals. 

This event is supported by the eSCT project, which provides assistance to all Swiss researchers to assist with ScienceIT needs (see www.science-it.ch) and also sponsored by SWING, the Swiss National Grid Infrastructure. 

The main topics of the workshop will be: 

  • a general introduction to OpenStack and its core components, with particular attention on the relationships among them, and how to interact with them either using the web interface, command line or the python API 
  • an overview of the supporting software, available choices and limitations (database, messaging queue and typical HA deployments) hands-on installation of the basic components.


Each day the time schedule is 9:00-17:00 organized as follow:

  • Coffee break 10:30
  • Lunch 13:00 - 14:00
  • Coffee break 15:30

On Day 1, we will exceptionally start at 9:30.

A social event kindly sponsored by SwiNG will be organized on Tuesday evening. More information will follow.

Day 1 - 9:30 - 17:00

  • Introducing OpenStack
  • Overview of the OpenStack web interface (Horizon)
  • Installation and usage of the CLI
  • Introduction to the Phyton API
  • Real world use cases
  • Social Event (sponsored by SwiNG)

Day 2 - 9:00 - 17:00

  • Architecture of OpenStack
  • Core services: MySQL, RabbitMQ, Keystone

Day 3 - 9:00 - 17:00

  • Installation and configuration of main OpenStack services:

    • Nova
    • Glance
    • Cinder
    • Horizon

Day 4 - 9:00 - 17:00

  • OpenStack networking -N+1 possible implementations
  • Networking with Neutron
  • Troubleshooting

Logistic information

The registration fee (160 CHF) includes lunches, coffee breaks and the social event throughout the four-day event.

Instructions on how to reach the Swiss National Computing Centre are available here.

Please note that no parking space is available at CSCS. You area encouraged to travel by public transportation or to use the Park & Ride Resega within a five-minute walk from CSCS.

Suggestions on accommodations may be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you at the workshop!

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