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.

Nov 18, 2016 - OSiRIS At Supercomputing 2016

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The OSiRIS project was featured in the University of Michigan Advanced Research Computing booth at Supercomputing in Salt Lake City this year.

For the week of the conference, November 14 - 18, OSiRIS deployed our ‘4th site’ in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace convention center.


Nov 17, 2016 - Breaking Data Transfer Records At SC16

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SCinet is a high performance advanced network created every year for the Supercomputing conference. SCinet comes together thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the support of industry vendors who donate equipment and services.

On the last day of Supercomputing a call went out to 100G booths to push as much traffic as we could across SCinet LAN and WAN links to set a new SC16 bandwidth record. Of course we had to participate!

To generate traffic we used OSiRIS 100Gb connected hosts at UM, WSU, and MSU as well as 100Gb hosts from ATLAS Great Lakes Tier 2.

The combined traffic of all participating exhibitors set a new record for pushing over 1.2 Terabybtes of traffic over the show floor and more than 1 Terabit/s across WAN circuits.

Sep 30, 2016 - MSU 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