HPC Cloud enablement using XenServer, OpenStack and NVIDIA GRID GPUs – XLcloud

By Catherine on 06/03/2014 10:54:00

Following the first blog post published on February 7th in Citrix Blog, we are glad to relay this second blog post, written by Rachel Berry on March 6th. Please click here to read the full post.

"A few weeks my colleague Bob, blogged here about how GPU-passthrough on XenServer under OpenStack had been achieved by the xlcloud project. This is a delightful demonstration of Citrix’s open technology stance. Although Citrix has heavily invested in CloudStack, over the last few years we have remained active in OpenStack development. You can find out more about building products using XenServer as the hypervisor using both OpenStack and CloudStack, here.

XLcloud – a fascinating project

XLcloud is an open sourced project, with sound financial backing ($Millions) and technological commitment from some heavyweight companies including Bull SAS.

The XLcloud project strives to establish the demonstration of a High Performance Cloud Computing (HPCC) platform based on OpenStack, that is designed to run a representative set of compute intensive workloads, including more specifically interactive games, interactive simulations and 3D graphics. XLcloud is a three-year long collaborative project funded by the French FSN (Fonds national pour la Société Numérique) programme. It’s one of those great projects where state funding has enabled both commercial and academic organisations to collaborate to define large scale technologies. They’ve have some great names involved in the consortium (see here) with a wealth of experience in networking, hosting and graphics. ...".

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