New case studies and research cloud federation are featured in version two.


Announced at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney, the second release of the book, “The Crossroads of Cloud and HPC: OpenStack for Scientific Research” is now available.

Some 200 copies of this new edition will be distributed at this year’s Supercomputing conference in Denver, November 12-17. If you’re attending, pick up your paperback copy at the HPC Birds of a Feather on Wednesday or at the OpenStack lightning talks at the Indiana University booth #601, from 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14.

Every section has been updated to reflect the now-current status of OpenStack projects typically used in specific science and research implementations. The Scientific Special Interest Group (SIG, formerly Scientific Working Group) is instrumental in identifying and contributing to the features needed for high-performance computing, massive data storage and high-speed networking access since its inception in April 2016. (More on the SIG and how to get involved here.)

New and expanding scientific research projects in the areas of radio telemetry, cancer genome research, astronomy and bioinformatics are driving the working group. The cover of the updated book features three dishes from the 36-dish precursor of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a multinational radio telescope coming online in the next decade to explore phenomena such as pulsars, gravity, and the cosmic dawn. In all, 16 in-depth case studies are included throughout the new book.

A new section has been added to the book about Research Cloud Federation. Several federations are covered including the EGI Federated Cloud, the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC), federated identity at CERN, and the Open Research Cloud project.

If you can’t make it to Supercomputing, you can always read, download or order the new book on the OpenStack in Science web page.

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