Driving in the Fast Lane: Huge Page support in OpenStack Compute

In a previous “Driving in the Fast Lane” blog post we focused on optimization of instance CPU resources. This time around let’s take a dive into the handling of system memory, and more specifically configurable page sizes. We will reuse the environment from the previous post, but add huge page support to our performance flavor.

What are Pages?

Physical memory is segmented into a series of contiguous regions called pages. For efficiency instead of accessing individual bytes of memory one by one the system retrieves memory by accessing entire pages. Each page contains a number of bytes, referred to as the page size. To do this though the system must first translate virtual addresses into physical addresses to determine which page contains the requested memory.

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Red Hat Confirms Speaking Sessions at OpenStack Summit Tokyo

As this Fall’s OpenStack Summit in Tokyo approaches, the Foundation has posted the session agenda, outlining the final schedule of events. I am happy to report that Red Hat has nearly 20 sessions that will be included in the weeks agenda, along with a few more as waiting alternates. With the limited space and shortened event this time around, I am please to see that Red Hat continues to remain in sync with the current topics, projects, and technologies the OpenStack community and customers are most interested in.

Red Hat is a Premiere sponsor in Tokyo this Fall and will have a dedicated sponsor presentation, along with our general accepted sessions. To learn more about Red Hat’s accepted sessions, have a look at the details below. Be sure to visit us at the below sessions and at our booth (P7). We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in October!

For more details on each session, click on the title below:

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Big data in the open, private cloud

Organizations that take advantage of comprehensive insights from their data can gain a competitive edge. However, the ever-increasing amount of data coming in can make it hard to see trends. Adding to this challenge, many companies have data locked in silos, making it difficult—if not impossible—to gain critical insights. Big data technologies like Hadoop can help unify and organize data, but getting fast, meaningful insight still isn’t easy.

Organizations consistently face 4 main challenges when trying to implement big data initiatives:

  1. Setting up and operating a big data and analytics platform
  2. Attracting, managing, and applying big data and analytics skills
  3. Integrating insights into business processes
  4. Iterating quickly

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Managing OpenStack: Integration Matters!

With so many advantages an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provides businesses, it’s great to see a transformation of IT happening across nearly all industries and markets. Nearly every enterprise is taking advantage of an “as-a-service” cloud in some form or another. And with this new infrastructure, it’s now more important than ever to remember the critical role that management plays within this mix. Oddly enough, it is sometimes considered a second priority when customers begin investigating the benefits of an IaaS cloud, but quickly becomes your first priority when running one.

At Red Hat, we believe that management plays a critical role in this next-generation datacenter.  And we believe cloud management should be open, agile, and integrated.  Let us explain how we are integrating several critical management capabilities to let you take OpenStack to it’s fullest potential.

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How Red Hat’s OpenStack partner Networking Solutions Offer Choice and Performance

Successfully implementing an OpenStack cloud is more than just choosing an OpenStack distribution. With its community approach and rich ecosystem of vendors, OpenStack represents a viable option for cloud administrators who want to offer public-cloud-like infrastructure services in their own datacenter.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform offers pluggable storage and networking options.  This open approach is contrary to closed solutions such as VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) which only supports VMware NSX for L4-L7  networking or VMware Distributed switch for basic L2 networking .

Below are some of the networking partners who have certified their OpenStack Networking plugins with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and will be on display at VMworld 2015, San Francisco, at the Red Hat booth, 528; (Cisco is at booth 1721). See exhibitor map

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Performance and Scaling your Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Cloud

As OpenStack continues to grow into a mainstream Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform, the industry seeks to learn more about its performance and scalability for use in production environments. As recently captured in this blog, common questions that typically arise are: “Is my hardware vendor working with my software vendor?”, “How much hardware would I actually need?”, and “What are the best practices for scaling out my OpenStack environment?”  

These common questions are often difficult to answer because they rely on environment specifics. With every environment being different, often composed of products from multiple vendors, how does one go about finding answers to these generic questions?

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Upgrades are dying, don’t die with them

We live in a world that has changed the way it consumes applications. The last few years have seen a rapid rise in the adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Much of this can be attributed to the broad success of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is said to have grown revenue from $3.1B to $5B last year (Forbes). More and more people, enterprise customers included, are consuming applications and resources that require little to no maintenance. And any maintenance that does happen, now goes unnoticed by users. This leaves traditional software vendors contending to find a way to adapt their distribution models to make their software easier to consume. Lengthy, painful upgrades are no longer acceptable to users, forcing vendors to create a solution to this problem.

Let’s face it, the impact of this on traditional software companies are starting to be felt. Their services and methods of doing business are now being compared to a newer, more efficient model. One that is not bogged down by the inefficiencies of the traditional model. SaaS has the advantage that the software runs in their datacenters, where they have easy access to it, control the hardware, the architecture, the configurations, and so on.

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How to choose the best-fit hardware for your OpenStack deployment

One of the benefits of OpenStack is the ability to deploy the software on standard x86 hardware, and thus not be locked-in to custom architectures and high prices from specialized vendors.

Before you select your x86 hardware, you might want to consider how you will resolve hardware/software related issues:

  • Is my distribution of OpenStack and the underlying Linux, certified to run on the hardware I use?
  • Will the vendor of my OpenStack distribution work with my hardware vendor to resolve issues?

There was a panel session  (Cisco, Ooyala, Sprint, and Shutterfly) on OpenStack use cases at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, May 2015. At the end, an audience member asked “How important is it that the OpenStack distribution is  certified to run on the hardware you use?

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Voting Open for OpenStack Summit Tokyo Submissions: Container deployment, management, security and operations – oh my!

This week we have been providing a preview of Red Hat submissions for the upcoming OpenStack Summit to be held October 27-30, in Tokyo, Japan. Today’s grab bag of submissions focus on containers the relationship between them and OpenStack as well as how to deploy, manage, secure, and operate workloads using them. This was already a hotbed of new ideas and discussion at the last summit in Vancouver and we expect things will only continue to heat up in this area as a result of recent announcements in the lead up to Tokyo!

The OpenStack Foundation manages allows its members to vote the topics and presentations they would like to see as part of the selection process. To vote for one of the listed sessions, click on the session title below and you will be directed to the voting page. If you are a member of the OpenStack Foundation, just login. If you are not, you are welcome to join now – it is simple and free.

Please make sure to vote before the deadline on Thursday, July 30 2015, at 11:59pm PDT.

Application & infrastructure continuous delivery using OpenShift and OpenStack
  • Mike McGrath – Senior Principal Architect, Atomic @ Red Hat
Atomic Enterprise on OpenStack
  • Jonathon Jozwiak – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Containers versus Virtualization: The New Cold War?
  • Jeremy Eder – Principal Performance Engineer @ Red Hat
Container security: Do containers actually contain? Should you care?
  • Dan Walsh – Senior Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Container Security at Scale
  • Scott McCarty – Product Manager, Container Strategy @ Red Hat
Containers, Kubernetes, and GlusterFS, a match made in Tengoku
  • Luis Pabón – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Stephen Watt – Chief Architect, Big Data @ Red Hat
  • Jeff Vance – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Converged Storage in hybrid VM and Container deployments using Docker, Kubernetes, Atomic and OpenShift
  • Stephen Watt – Chief Architect, Big Data @ Red Hat
Deploying and Managing OpenShift on OpenStack with Ansible and Heat
  • Diane Mueller – Director Community Development, OpenShift @ Red Hat
  • Greg DeKoenigsberg –  Vice President, Community @ Ansible
  • Veer Michandi – Senior Solution Architect @ Red Hat
  • Ken Thompson – Senior Cloud Solution Architect @ Red Hat
  • Tomas Sedovic – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Deploying containerized applications across the Open Hybrid Cloud using Docker and the Nulecule spec
  • Tushar Katarki – Integration Architect @ Red Hat
  • Aaron Weitekamp – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Deploying Docker and Kubernetes with Heat and Atomic
  • Steve Gordon – Senior Technical Product Manager, OpenStack @ Red Hat
Develop, Deploy, and Manage Applications at Scale on an OpenStack based private cloud
  • James Labocki – Product Owner, CloudForms @ Red Hat
  • Brett Thurber – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Scott Collier – Senior Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
How to Train Your Admin
  • Aleksandr Brezhnev – Senior Principal Solution Architect @ Red Hat
  • Patrick Rutledge – Principal Solution Architect @ Red Hat
Minimizing or eliminating service outages via robust application life-cycle management with container technologies
  • Tushar Katarki – Integration Architect @ Red Hat
  • Aaron Weitekamp – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
OpenStack and Containers Advanced Management
  • Federico Simoncelli – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
OpenStack & The Future of the Containerized OS
  • Daniel Riek – Senior Director, Systems Design & Engineering @ Red Hat
Operating Enterprise Applications in Docker Containers with Kubernetes and Atomic Enterprise
  • Mike McGrath – Senior Principal Architect, Atomic @ Red Hat
Present & Future-proofing your datacenter with SDS & OpenStack Manila
  • Luis Pabón – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Sean Murphy – Product Manager, Red Hat Storage @ Red Hat
  • Sean Cohen – Principal Product Manager, OpenStack @ Red Hat
Scale or Fail – Scaling applications with Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and OpenStack
  • Grant Shipley – Senior Manager @ Red Hat
  • Diane Mueller – Director Community Development, OpenShift @ Red Hat

Thanks for taking the time to help shape the next OpenStack summit!

Voting Open for OpenStack Summit Tokyo Submissions: Deployment, management and metering/monitoring

Another cycle, another OpenStack Summit, this time on October 27-30 in Tokyo. The Summit is the best opportunity for the community to gather and share knowledge, stories and strategies to move OpenStack forward. With more than 200 breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, collaborative design sessions, tons of opportunity for networking and perhaps even some sightseeing, the Summit is the even everyone working or planning to work with OpenStack should attend.

Critical subjects, awesome sessions

To select those 200+ sessions the community proposes talks that are selected by your vote, and we would like to showcase our proposed sessions about some of the most critical subjects of an OpenStack cloud: deployment, management and metering/monitoring.

There are multiple ways to deploy, manage and monitor clouds, but we would like to present our contributions to the topic, sharing both code and vision to tackle this subject now and in the future. With sessions about TripleO, Heat, Ironic, Puppet, Ceilometer, Gnocchi and troubleshooting, we’ll cover the whole lifecycle of OpenStack, from planning a deployment, to actually executing and then monitoring and maintaining it on the long term. Click on the links below to read the abstracts and vote your the topics you want to see in Tokyo.

Deployment and Management

OpenStack on OpenStack (TripleO): First They Ignore You..
  • Dan Sneddon – Principal OpenStack Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Keith Basil – Principal Product Manager, OpenStack Platform @ Red Hat
  • Dan Prince – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Installers are dead, deploying our bits is a continuous process
  • Nick Barcet – Director of OpenStack Product Management @ Red Hat
  • Keith Basil – Principal Product Manager, OpenStack Platform @ Red Hat
TripleO: Beyond the Basic Openstack Deployment
  • Steven Hillman – Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems
  • Shiva Prasad Rao – Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems
  • Sourabh Patwardhan – Technical Leader @ Cisco Systems
  • Saksham Varma – Software Engineer @ Cisco Systems
  • Jason Dobies – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Mike Burns – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Mike Orazi – Manager, Software Engineering @ Red Hat
  • John Trowbridge – Software Engineer, Red Hat @ Red Hat
Troubleshoot Your Next Open Source Deployment
  • Lysander David – IT Infrastructure Architect @ Symantec
Advantages and Challenges of Deploying OpenStack with Puppet
  • Colleen Murphy – Cloud Software Engineer @ HP
  • Emilien Macchi – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Cloud Automation: Deploying and Managing OpenStack with Heat
  • Snehangshu Karmakar – Cloud Curriculum Manager @ Red Hat
Hands-on lab: Deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  • Adolfo Vazquez – Curriculum Manager @ Red Hat
TripleO and Heat for Operators: Bringing the values of Openstack to Openstack Management
  • Graeme Gillies – Principal Systems Administrator @ Red Hat
The omniscient cloud: How to know all the things with bare-metal inspection for Ironic
  • Dmitry Tantsur – Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • John Trowbridge – Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Troubleshooting A Highly Available Openstack Deployment.
  • Sadique Puthen – Principal Technical Support Engineer @ Red Hat
Tuning HA OpenStack Deployments to Maximize Hardware Capabilities
  • Vinny Valdez – Sr. Principal Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
  • Ryan O’Hara – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
  • Dan Radez – Sr. Software Engineer @ Red Hat
OpenStack for Architects
  • Michael Solberg – Chief Field Architect @ Red Hat
  • Brent Holden – Chief Field Architect @ Red Hat
A Day in the Life of an Openstack & Cloud Architect
  • Vijay Chebolu – Practice Lead @ Red Hat
  • Vinny Valdez – Sr. Principal Cloud Architect @ Red Hat
Cinder Always On! Reliability and scalability – Liberty and beyond
  • Michał Dulko – Software Engineer @ Intel
  • Szymon Wróblewski – Software Engineer @ Intel
  • Gorka Eguileor – Senior Software Engineer @ Red Hat

Metering and Monitoring

Storing metrics at scale with Gnocchi, triggering with Aodh
  • Julien Danjou – Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat