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25-26 September, 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands


The GÉANT SIG-CISS (Cloudy Interoperable Software Stacks) is proposed to be the successor of the long running TF-Storage task force of GÉANT with a wider scope extending from data storage to general cloud infrastructure software stacks, platforms and research workflows. The SIG brings together those who are building/operating R&E clouds and are willing to share strategy, design, deployment, performance optimization, application integration, interoperability, security and other related information, knowledge and best practices as well as participate in joint efforts aimed at addressing needs of academic environment related to building, operating, brokering cloud services and infrastructure and ensuring their interoperability.

The first meeting of SIG-CISS will be hosted by SURFsara in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The meeting will be back to back with the second ORC congress.

The Second International Open Research Cloud Congress will take place in Amsterdam, from 27 to 29 of September and will continue an open dialogue between research communities, policy agencies and industry about the need for international cooperation of private and public clouds supporting scientific research.

The inaugural International Open Research Cloud Congress, held on 11 to 12 of May 2017 in Boston, kicked off the drafting of an open research cloud declaration that describes the conventions that the community is prepared to adopt and support for enabling international scientific research computing on clouds. This second edition will continue the effort to reach the consensus of delivering a final declaration.


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Remote participation

Connect over video

Call in by phone
   United Kingdom: +44 1223 750388 extension 2171077
   Netherlands: +31 85 888 4440 extension 2171077
   United States: +1 (844) 572-5683 extension 2171077

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The SIG-CISS steering committee is working on the meeting agenda. If you wish to contribute, please contact the mailing list or Peter Szegedi at GÉANT directly.

The badges can be picked up at the reception of SURFsara (Science Park 140) and once people arrived there, they will be told where the room is.

Monday, 25 September 2017


Agenda items

12.00 - 13.00Arrivals, Light lunch...
13.00 - 13.15

Welcome by the SIG-CISS steering committee and the local organizers

Paco Bernabé - SURFsara

Simon Leinen - SWITCH, Guido Aben - AARNet, Maciej Brzezniak - PSNC

Setting the scene
13.15 - 13.30

Introduction to SIG-CISS, motivations and objectives

Guido Aben - AARNet

13.30 - 14.30

Who we are together... How we organize...

  • OpenStack Operator (OSO) - Paco Bernabé - SURFsara

  • former TF-Storage - Maciej Brzezniak - PSNC - slides on PSNC's box

  • Open Research Cloud (ORC) - Simon Leinen - SWITCH - slides

  • Cloud Services for Synchronization and Sharing (CS3) - Jakub Moscicki - CERN (remote) -

  • OpenCloudMesh (OCM) Project - Peter Szegedi (GÉANT)

14.30 - 15.00Coffee Break
15.00 - 15.01

Fairbanks B.V. - very much interested but presenting in the US. - very much interested but busy with their internal all-hands event.

"Industry talks"
15.01- 17.00

OpenStack - latest updates and issues

  • Managing OS images—possible joint work - Simon Leinen - SWITCH - slides

  • Delegated administration, reporting/show-back to institutions  - TBC

  • Cloudification of a Grid cluster - Paco Bernabé - SURFsara

OpenStack Operators
17.00 - 18.00

Round table discussion

Chaired by the Steering Committee members

Organizations and individuals represented at the meeting will be given the opportunity to bring up any technical topics or issues relevant to their businesses and reflect on the SIG-CISS forum discussions.

Free format un-conference

Social dinner...

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Agenda items

09.00 - 10.00

Container orchestration tools

  • Kubernetes on OpenStack - demonstration - Saverio Proto - SWITCH - slides

  • Glenna2 metaorchestration (ubernetes) - Gurvinder Singh - UNINETT (remote)
OpenStack Operators

10.00 - 10.30

Automation tools

  • Ansible Paco Bernabé - SURFsara

  • Using MAAS with JuJu - Fulvio Galeazzi - GARR - slides

10.30 - 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.15

Brief overview on the EOSC pilot

Christos Kanellopoulos - GÉANT (remote)

Setting the scene
11.15 - 13.00

Swift, Ceph - Object Storage and ScaleIO for Block devices

  • Swift cluster at SURFsara - Ron Trompert - SURFsara

  • Ceph in the GRNET cloud stack - Nikos Kormpakis - GRNET - slides

  • Review of hardware platforms for Ceph - Maciej Brzezniak - PSNC

  • ScaleIO intro - high performance block from EMC (ScaleIO) - Maciej Brzezniak - PSNC

  • ScaleIO at REDIRIS - Antonio Fuentes Bermejo - REDIRIS

  • Modern data center (network) fabrics, L3/whitebox, SDN solutions - Saverio Proto - SWITCH

Storage topics
13.00 - 14.00Lunch
14.00 - 14.30

OpenStack vs. OpenNebula

Open discussion: User experience, e.g. alternatives to Horizon...

Free format

14.30 - 15.30

Research workflows

Open discussion chaired by Guido Aben - AARNet

15.30 - 16.00

Closing, next meeting, AoB...

Peter Szegedi - GÉANT



Science Park 123
1098 XG Amsterdam
+31 20 592 9333

The badges can be picked up at the reception of SURFsara (Science Park 140) and once people arrived there, they will be told where the room is.

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Travel information to Amsterdam Science Park

  • From Amsterdam Central Station: Train to station "Amsterdam Science Park" (four train connections per hour, 8 minutes of travel time).
  • From train station Amsterdam-Amstel or Muiderpoort station: Take bus 40 to Science Park Amsterdam. The bus stop closest to the meeting location is called "Science Park Aqua".
  • From Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol): A convenient direct train connection (30 minutes of travel time) is operated for transportation from the Schiphol airport to the Amsterdam Science Park train station on campus. Two trains per hour.
  • For finding your way by public transport from any place in Amsterdam or the Netherlands you can use the Journey Planner
  • Travel by bus and tram in and around Amsterdam is only possible using the OV-chipkaart. You can find information here. You can buy a disposable OV-chipkaart for one trip or for a predetermined short-term use. You can find additional information here.