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.

Sep 30, 2016 - Cyberinfrastructure Conference

Our project has been invited to give a talk at the 2016 Cyberinfrastructure Forum at Michigan State University

If you are interested in the talk the slides are available for download

More details about the conference are at the MSU Cyberinfrastructure Forum website

Sep 30, 2016 - Chep 2016

Our abstract submission was accepted for a talk at The 22nd International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, CHEP 2016. The conference is hosted by SLAC and LBNL, October 10-14 in San Francisco.

The CHEP conferences address challenges in computing, networking and software for the world’s leading data-intensive science experiments that currently analyze hundreds of petabytes of data using worldwide computing resources.

Find out more details about our talk and download the slides from the conference contribution page.

For more information about the conference in general you can visit the CHEP 2016 website.

May 11, 2016 - Merit Member Conference

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.

Download the slides or see more conference details

Mar 15, 2016 - Open Science Grid Presentation

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

Mar 14, 2016 - Site Provisioning

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.