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Virtualization activities in the Grid Deployment Group

Setup of a virtualization infrastructre

Within EGEE's SA3 activity a team at CERN is doing certification and testing of the gLite middleware. The usage of virtual machines significantly speeds up this process. For more information please have a look at this presentation. This project uses several tools to set up a Xen based virtualization infrastructure:

  • We take Xen rpms provided by CERN Linux support. These rpms allow us to easily integrate with the CERN SLC3/4 based Linux environment. In particular we have AFS enabled guest images. For more information look at the Linux support Xen TWiki.
  • To manage the deployment of virtual machines we use the SmartDomains, a virtual domain manager for Xen based on the open source SmartFrog framework. SmartDomains is developed at CERN openlab.
  • A web interface called vgrid was devloped on top of SmartDomains to make it easy to use.
  • To generate SLC3/4 images ready for use with Xen scripts were developed that allow to create such images easily. The scripts can be used as is or via a web interface called osfarm developed at CERN openlab.
  • Currently we have 9 servers running Xen hosting up to 33 virtual machines.

Several people are involved:

Name Role Group
Havard Bjerke osfarm developer openlab
Xavier Grehant SmartDomains developer openlab
Omer Khalid vgrid developer GD
Olivier Pernet SmartDomains developer openlab summer student
Jarek Polok Xen rpms Linux Support
Dimitar Shiyachki image generation scripts GD associate
Andreas Unterkircher project manager GD

-- AndreasUnterkircher - 21 Feb 2007

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