Seeking Developers to Help Our Community Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis

The MOC and MGHPCC are launching Computing against COVID-19 (CAC19), a website that connects people with projects to fight the coronavirus pandemic and we need your help!


Computing against COVID-19 facilitates connections between groups developing and deploying applications to fight the pandemic and expert developers, architects, and operators willing and able to provide help and support. Please visit https://computingagainstcovid19.org to join the fight!
To launch our site, Computing against COVID-19 is excited to join with BU Spark! on The Resiliency Challenge, a nine-week, virtual challenge, with three-week sprint challenges aimed at catalyzing innovation in response to the unprecedented situation facing colleges and communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Resiliency Challenge is seeking engineers that are interested in facilitating agile development teams and are committed to providing sustainable and scalable solutions that meet the needs of its users. Visit the site for more information.
Special thanks to all of the partners who have contributed to launching this effort: Northeast Cyberteam, WPI, UNH, Boston University, Intel, and Red Hat.


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– ECE is Helping Fight Coronavirus With Computing (Boston University, Edmonds, Colbi, 4.10.20)

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MOC’s Michael Daitzman to Keynote at Open Infrastructure Summit

Boston University’s Michael Daitzman, Director of Engineering and Product, Mass Open Cloud (MOC), will be giving a keynote on OpenInfra Labs (OIL) – a new OpenStack Foundation (OSF) project launched in collaboration with the MOC – at the virtual Open Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the OSF, October 19 – 23.  The Summit features keynotes from open source leaders and innovators and over 100 sessions developed and facilitated by users from research institutions and global enterprises building and operating open infrastructure at scale, providing opportunities for participants to engage and collaborate. Thousands of attendees representing 30+ open source communities and more than 110 countries are expected to join. View the full Summit schedule and register for free today!

Alibaba Cloud, AT&T, China Mobile, CERN, European Weather Cloud, GE Digital, OpenInfra Labs, Volvo Cars and Workday are among the open infrastructure use cases featuring Airship, Kata Containers, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Zuul and over 30 other open source technologies that will be presented at the virtual Summit. 

The complete schedule related to OpenInfra Labs can be found below!

OpenInfra Labs (OIL) – the new OpenStack Foundation (OSF) project launched in collaboration with the MOC – will be featured in a keynote and several forums during the virtual Open Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the OSF, October 19 – 23, 2020.  The Summit features keynotes from open source leaders and innovators and over 100 sessions developed and facilitated by users from research institutions and global enterprises building and operating open infrastructure at scale, providing opportunities for participants to engage and collaborate. Thousands of attendees representing 30+ open source communities and more than 110 countries are expected to join. View the full Summit schedule and register for free today!

Below is the schedule of events associated with OpenInfra Labs. Whether you’re a member of the OpenInfra Labs community or interested in learning more about the efforts and how to get involved, we encourage you to join as many of these segments as possible.

Please note that times are subject to change – please verify all times on the Open Infrastructure Summit event site (links below go directly to the OIS pages for each segment).

DayUTCEastern Time (ET)Central Time (CT)TypeEvent (click link for description)
Tuesday3:00-5:00 PM11:00AM-1:00PM10:00AM-12:00PMKeynoteKeynote (Open Infra Labs Section ~10:40AM)
Tuesday5:45-6:15PM1:45-2:15PM12:45-1:15PM101Open Infra Labs 101
Wednesday1:45-2:15PM9:45-10:158:45-9:15AMTalkElastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI): I Learned to Share my Hardware; You Can Too!!
Wednesday4:45-5:30PM12:45-1:30PM11:45AM-12:30PMForumElastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI): Q&A and looking forward
Wednesday4:45 – 5:30PM12:45-1:30PM11:45AM-12:30PMForumOpenInfra Labs
Wednesday3:45-4:30PM11:45AM-12:30PM10:45AM-11:30AMForumProject Caerus (Compute-Storage Coordination)
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Exciting Developments in the MOC- Fall 2019

The MOC Project has always had three interrelated goals:

1. Creating a production cloud
2. Enabling cloud research
3. Enabling industry innovation

We have really good news on all three fronts:

Production Cloud: Due to the success of the MOC, Boston University and Harvard University have decided to move forward to create a production cloud service, the New England Research Cloud (NERC), supported by the professional Research IT staff from those universities. The vision of the NERC is to build a cohesive, sustainable partnership between research clusters and technology professionals with a common cloud framework that is tailored for data-driven discovery and available to many institutions in New England.  This partnership will set NERC apart from today’s public clouds and is critical to bridge the gap in skills that are needed for research and teaching professionals.

Enabling Cloud Research: In October, the NSF has awarded (see here) a five year, $5M project to enhance the MOC to create the new “Open Cloud Testbed” (OCT) for cloud researchers, essentially expanding the researchers involved in the MOC from the regional researchers to national researchers in cloud computing. The MOC will be augmented with CloudLab, established testbed software for cloud systems research which is supported by the NSFCloud initiative. CloudLab provides proven tools to allow CISE researchers to perform reproducible experiments on hardware with control and visibility “all the way down to the bare metal.” 

This effort will involve productizing the Elastic Scalable Infrastructure (ESI) research so that infrastructure may be elastically and securely transferred between research and production uses.  It will also expose MOC telemetry and data sets to cloud researchers, enable researchers to expose experimental services to users of the MOC, and augment the MOC with a testbed of FPGA enabled servers. These efforts will, in turn, allow the research community to study fundamental questions that could previously only be explored within the large public clouds.

Enabling Innovation:  In order for an organization to innovate in the cloud, it needs a cloud that is under its control.  Today, standing up a private cloud requires lots of custom scripts and settings, and a detailed understanding of all of the necessary open source projects.  With the OpenStack Foundation, we are launching OpenInfra Labs (OIL), a project to simplify and standardize how academic institutions, enterprises, and regions deploy and operate stand alone, hybrid and federated open source clouds.  Initially, the project will prioritize the needs of the MOC and gain full visibility into those needs by participating in the deployment and operations. Longer term the project goal is to stand up multiple consistent clouds and develop technologies for hybrid and federated clouds. 

Please join us at the 2020 Open Cloud Workshop (formerly Mass Open Cloud Workshop) on March 2 -3, 2020 at Boston University to learn about these (and more) developments.

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