After some months of development, prototyping and early customer trials,
Verne Global's hpcDIRECT service has been announced. This system
builds upon OpenStack Ironic to deliver the performance of bare metal
combined with the dynamic flexibility of cloud. Iceland's abundant
geothermal energy ensures the energy is clean but the power costs are
You can find plenty of details about Verne Global's announcement,
for example as covered by Inside HPC
or The Next Platform.
However, we can also talk about some of the transformative technologies
going on within the infrastructure.
Working in partnership the with technical team at Verne Global, StackHPC has
designed, developed and deployed an OpenStack control plane that pushes
the boundaries of OpenStack and Ironic:
- OpenStack Pike, the latest release, in an agile deployment that tracks
- Multi-network support, including both Ethernet and Infiniband, with tenant
- Custom resource classes for supporting Nova sheduling to multiple bare metal server specs.
- Kolla-Ansible control plane deployed using Kayobe,
the de-facto solution for automating Kolla-Ansible deployments from scratch.
In many other ways, hpcDIRECT is a showcase for the use of OpenStack for
- Flexible delivery of complex application environments using Ansible and Heat.
- HPC-oriented storage options, designed to meet a wide
range of use cases for HPC and data-intensive analytics.
- HPC workload telemetry gathered using Monasca or
Prometheus and shared with users to provide performance
insights into the behaviour of their codes.
- Consistent management tools everywhere - for the first time, a system that is
managed at every level from firmware to OS to application using the same tools
(Ansible and friends).
Lewis Tucker, Verne Global Enterprise Solutions Architect, comments "From the outset
we had an ambitious goal to provide a bare metal on demand HPC Service. StackHPC's
expertise has enabled us to execute our plans to timescales and budget and
offer our customers an innovative and agile HPC service to meet their exacting requirements.
We look forward to developing our relationship as hpcDIRECT grows".
John Taylor, CEO of StackHPC, adds "the hpcDIRECT project has validated our vision
of an HPC-enabled OpenStack and gone even further to make it available as a service.
We are thrilled to have been involved in this cutting-edge project."