MI-OSiRIS (Multi-Institutional Open Storage Research Infrastructure) is a pilot project funded by the NSF to evaluate a software-defined storage infrastructure for our primary Michigan research universities. OSiRIS will combine a number of innovative concepts to provide a distributed, multi-institutional storage infrastructure that will allow researchers at any of our three campuses to read, write, manage and share their data directly from their computing facility locations.
Our goal is to provide transparent, high-performance access to the same storage infrastructure from well-connected locations on any of our campuses. We intend to enable this via a combination of network discovery, monitoring and management tools and through the creative use of CEPH features.
By providing a single data infrastructure that supports computational access on the data “in-place”, we can meet many of the data-intensive and collaboration challenges faced by our research communities and enable these communities to easily undertake research collaborations beyond the border of their own Universities.
Over 400 IT professionals attended the 2016 Merit Member Conference in Ypsilanti, setting a new MMC record. The OSiRIS project presentation generated a lot of discussion and interest.
Shawn McKee was asked to present the OSiRIS project during this year’s OSG All Hands meeting at Clemson University.
Slides from the presentation are available here
With hardware installed and networking details mostly worked out OSiRIS sites have started work on OS provisioning. After bringing up VM hosts configured using libvirt we are making progress on provisioning our service VMs and Ceph storage blocks. We’re using Foreman and Puppet to do provisioning plus configuration management. More details about the provisioning setup are posted on our hardware overview
We’re configuring our hosts to be ready for software defined networking by configuring to use Openvswitch for connectivity: OVS Config
Sites have brought up standard perfSonar instances for the NMAL team to begin doing experimentation and testing. The OSiRIS NMAL team at IU has been working on packaging their Periscope components for perfSonar as well.
Pictured are um-virt01 (virtualized services), um-globus01 (globus gateway), um-ps01 (perfSonar), and the Ceph storage block um-stor01 with attached Dell MD3060e storage. The three 1U nodes are Dell R630 and the 2U storage block headnode is a Dell R730xd.
After a careful RFP evaluation process Dell has been selected to provide OSiRIS hardware components.
Orders are underway and we expect to receive equipment in January!