The CHPC Cloud System is a CentOS-based cloud computing infrastructure powered by Openstack and open source storage software Ceph. Openstack provide services like server virtualization, block & object storage systems, software defined networking, an image repository, a web based dashboard and authentication.You can read more about Openstack and its various projects.
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) hosts an OpenStack cloud built on Supermicro server and storage systems, using the Supermicro TwinPro servers to provide 320 cores/640 threads (2.50 – 3.90GHz) and 3TB DDR4 memory providing some 4GB RAM per core and all in just 4U of rack space. It is connected through Mellanox 100GB ethernet networking to Supermicro Ultra and Supermicro Simply Double Servers, providing a CEPH Storage cluster with over 1.5PB (1500TB) of mechanical disk storage, offering resources such as:
All users are subject to the terms and conditions of the NICIS Sebowa Cloud Policy document:
The cloud resources are allocated on per project basis, then several instances are provisioned based on the available resources allocated to the project. The billing is calculated by allocation not by percentage of utilization. CHPC will send out invoices near the beginning of each month for the previous months usage. Payments are due upon you receiving the invoice. The current billing fees are calculated as follows:
The Cloud is now open to a broader community of researchers. Apply today and start using our resources. A new project account on the Cloud user database can be requested through the Application process. Upon acquiring a cloud user database account and submitting a project on the CHPC cloud user database. Your application will go through a series of approvals and once approved you will receive an email with further instructions, including login credentials to access the CHPC Openstack Cloud resouces.
Cloud users are expected to: