Introduction to and Demonstration of Containers in the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud

Conveners: Dr Glenn Moloney5, Wilfred Brimblecombe1

Presenters: Andy Botting2, Sam Morrison3, Jake Yip4

1Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), wilfred@nectar.org.au
2Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), andrew.botting@unimelb.edu.au
3Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), sam.morrison@unimelb.edu.au
4Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), jake.yip@unimelb.edu.au
5Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), glenn.moloney@nectar.org.au

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Half day workshop
  • Include a hands-on component
  • Maximum of 40 people

DESCRIPTION

Containers provide a solution to the problem of how to get software to run reliably when moved from one computing environment to another.  This workshop provides an introduction to this popular technology by briefly going over container concepts and then demonstrating containers in use on the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud.

The workshop will have a “hands on” component so please bring you laptop.

The following topics/activities will be covered:

  1. Introduction to container concepts and products
  2. Using Docker and Kubernetes technologies on the Research Cloud
  3. Exercise using a simple tool kit that can be deployed and experimented with at the workshop and may be extended for used after the workshop
  4. Seek feedback from participants on “tuning” the container offering on the Research Cloud to meet their needs.

This workshop will provide you with a useful introduction to Container technology and help ARDC determine the container offerings that may be supported on the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Target Audience – researchers who may benefit from a lightweight easy to use Container service or are looking for an introduction into the area.  We are assuming current sophisticated heavy users of container technology already have set up their environments and will continue to want to do so.

eResearch staff who are interested in learning about container technologies and how they can be used on the Nectar Research Cloud or across multiple cloud services.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring your laptop.  Required prerequisite knowledge – Moderate to advanced understanding of Unix and cloud environments.  If you are not from an Australian or New Zealand University you will need an AAF account to gain access for the hands-on component.


BIOGRAPHIES

Andy Botting – Senior Engineer at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud.  I’m a cloud-native Systems Engineer with a background in Linux, HPC.  Specialities: Linux, Android, Puppet, OpenStack and AWS.

Wilfred Brimblecombe – ICT Manager at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud, is an IT management veteran with over 20 years of leadership experience across various organisations.

Sam Morrison – Senior Engineer at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud.  Specialties: Linux system administration, Python/Django web programming, Security, Openstack cloud technologies.

Jake Yip – DevOps Engineer at Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud. Specialities: Puppet, OpenStack, Networks, DevOps and Security.

 

About the conference

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