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1 NEON the Northern Europe Cloud Initiative 1

2 NEON the Northern Europe Cloud Ini3a3ve Aake Edlund, PhD KTH and SNIC, Sweden NEON (Project Manager) Bal3cGrid (Project Director) Bal3cGrid Innova3on Lab and Bal3cCloud (Ini>ator, Manager) 2

3 Ques3on 8 Ques>on 8: Will cloud compu>ng eventually obviate the need for organiza>ons to buy and maintain their own compu>ng infrastructures? Answer: Cloud compu>ng will be the dominant form of compu>ng. There will be a mix of public clouds, run by companies like Amazon, and private clouds run by various organiza>ons. The data centers that run the clouds will be placed wherever it is most cost effec>ve to operate them, so an American University may end up having its own cloud compu>ng center running in Alaska or India. Interview with Geoffrey Fox added on the NEON project plan s front page 3

4 Ques3on 8 Ques>on 8: Will cloud compu>ng eventually obviate the need for organiza>ons to buy and maintain their own compu>ng infrastructures? Answer: Cloud compu>ng will be the dominant form of compu>ng. There will be a mix of public clouds, run by companies like Amazon, and private clouds run by various organiza>ons. The data centers Swedish? that run the clouds will be placed wherever it is most cost effec>ve Iceland? to operate them, so an American University may end up having its own cloud compu>ng center running in Alaska or India. Interview with Geoffrey Fox added on the NEON project plan s front page 4

5 NEON NEON is a 1+ yr project started 13 days ago Built on lesson learned from Bal>cCloud 13 partners from 10 countries Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland Established network with UK (NGS), NL (SARA, SurfNET), Spain (Spain NGI), Greece (GRNET) Learning by doing Knowledge sharing; vendor and supplier discussions 5

6 NEON objec3ves Identify the economic value of cloud computing when moving parts of HPC onto cloud infrastructures: - how much can be moved to clouds? - cost to do the same as today using cloud? - cost reductions by scaling out peak loads to commercial clouds? - better understand licensing issues of cloud infrastructure software and licensing issues running on clouds 6

7 NEON objec3ves Identify the economic value of cloud computing when moving parts of HPC onto cloud infrastructures: - test and research interoperability issues between private clouds, commercial clouds, grids and traditional HPC environments - identifying interoperability issues in authentication, accounting, billing, monitoring and resource brokering/rating - work backwards from the end user perspective: very important 7 to get insight in actual, real-life issues for end users of clouds

8 NEON Year 1 Expected outcome of year one A classification/categorization of scientific applications suitable for cloud computing A set of popular scientific applications ported to a cloud environment, with active participation from the user communities themselves Identification of the potential and challenges of using cloud environments for science; This includes aspects of (data) security, intellectual property and quality of service 8

9 NEON Year 1 Expected outcome of year one An evaluation of the impact of cloud computing technologies for the member s einfrastructure as operated by the NGIs today; This includes overall efficiency, running costs, user interfaces, service levels, federated resource pooling, and cloud as catalyst for adopting new (non-grid, non-linux) scientific communities 9

10 NEON Year 1 Expected outcome of year one Identification of interoperability issues between private clouds, commercial clouds, grids and traditional HPC environments; This includes identifying and establishing mechanisms for (dynamically) migrating applications loads (incl. data) between all these environments, while keeping control of service levels and cost. Identify interoperability issues in authentication, accounting, billing, monitoring and resource brokering/rating 10

11 NEON Year 1 Expected outcome of year one Identify problems concerning software licensing on the cloud An operational cloud service in the participating NGIs, using both private and commercial technologies; This should also include a study of federating national/private clouds and, ultimately, a Nordic/international virtualised data centre 11

12 NEON Year 1 Investigate the value of cloud computing to SMEs, early stage companies and possible high-tech spin-offs in the region Looking at the value cloud might bring to industry internal innovation, prototyping, business models, tapping in to NGI resources, Especially for the early stage startups we re going to leverage on BGi the BalticGrid Innovation Lab experiences (next slide) 12

13 NEON Innova3on Lab bgin.wordpress.com Bal3cGrid Innova3on Lab (BGi) the star3ng point for early stage startups in the Bal3cs Scalability How to build technology and business aspects Course Learning how to leverage on cloud compu>ng Course Startup school how to run startups (and not) Networking alumni, investors, excellence centers, industry Mentors finding and follow up Prototyping resources the whole Bal>cCloud to play with

14 NEON Summary NEON is a 1+ year 8 FTE cloud lab finding out how much value cloud solutions may give to our users 14

15 NEON The Team Sweden Aake Edlund (lead) Norway Maarten Koopmans Denmark Frederik Orellana Finland Jukka Kommeri Iceland Jón Ingi Einarsson Estonia Mario Kadas>k, Ilja Livenson, Lauri Anton Latvia Janis Kulins Latvia Rūdolfs Ošiņš Lithuania Dalius Mazeika Lithuania Eduardas Kutka Belarus Yury Ziamtsou Poland Marcin Pospieszny 15

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17 Thank you! Aake Edlund (NEON) (Bal>c Grid) cloud.bal>cgrid.eu (Bal>c Cloud) bgin.wordpress.com (BG Innova>on Lab) 17

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