December 20, 2013 at
Dr Marc Hanheide, a researcher in the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) research, has now joined the Kumo to help setting up OpenStack on the hardware and also to make Kumo’s service available to the research in L-CAS. L-CAS is one partner in the multi-million Pound project STRANDS, developing robots that learn from long-term experience.
Long-term experience in terms of robotics means: Tons of data, and high demands on computing to process all this data. Hence, L-CAS is an ideal early-adaptor for Kumo’s services. Marc is chipping in his Linux expertise to help setting up OpenStack and the network, to accommodate the requirements for STRANS, but also to help to develop the OpenStack installation further towards the aims outlined in this post.
So, what the status then?
Finally, OpenStack is running on the controller node, based on the devstack installation routines. Devstack has been customised for our local needs and if now successfully deployed and running in a test installation on the hardware. Test instances can be launched (with limited resources at the moment, due to the single node configuration) and the can be assigned floating IPs, allowing them to be integrated into the university’s networking infrastructure. Right now, this is all running in a small network island (subnet), but in the new year, we are looking to
- integrate the two other computing nodes, to have more computing resources
- make the floating IPs accessible from within the whole university network
- integrate the NAS storage into cinder, OpenStacks volume manager, to accommodate large data storage requirements, e.g. for STRANDS
- get it all up and running also for others to use (enter production stage)