Intel and Mirantis Present: Prove your chops & RuleTheStack at OpenStack Summit

At every OpenStack Summit, starting at the Juno Design Summit, we will be hosting a competition. This time Intel is using our booth space and Mirantis is helping with some of the prizes, however we want to make this a community effort moving forward.These competitions are aimed to clear up the air on the reality of some tough topics in the OpenStack ecosystem.

The first one we are doing is based on the sometimes laborious task of just getting OpenStack up and running. Operators know this pain, developers want to solve it, and some of the many installers work very well, in certain conditions. This competition will name the Juno Summit Ruler of the Stack, which includes bragging rights, and of course some great prizes from Intel and Mirantis. For the K Summit we will have a tougher challenge, and want more people involved in both defining the competition and judging the outcome. Let’s have fun while solving tough problems, so help us all by proving how fast you can get OpenStack up and running and ready for work.

Rules:

At minimum you must build a complete OpenStack infrastructure with compute, storage, and networking and launch some virtual machines. You will be competing on speed, in TopGear style we will track the fastest competitor, and you will get extra credit (time deducted) for achieving a few key aspects beyond launching VMs:

  1. Running all OpenStack Services in HA mode – deduct 5 minutes

  2. Virtual Machines using block storage and able to live migrate – deduct 10 minutes

  3. Virtual Machines deployed as collection via Heat – deduct 5 minutes

  4. Build out the infrastructure with Havana, launch VMs, and then upgrade the cluster to Icehouse with no end user impact (VMs stay running and OpenStack services stay on) – deduct 30 minutes

Note: Please announce to the folks in the demo booth if you are going to try a base install, or if you will try to get one of the extra aspects of the challenge done.

There will be a sign up sheet in 30 minute chunks in the Intel booth, stop by and sign up as soon as you can. Need an hour or more? Grab the time but don’t be greedy, we do believe some will pull this off in less than 30 minutes. You will have access to 8 physical servers with this configuration, you choose how you want to build the OpenStack cluster:

ServerJP1a / JP3aJP1b / JP3bJP1c / JP3cJP1d / JP3dJP2a / JP4aJP2b / JP4bJP2c / JP4cJP2d /JP4d
Configuration

Xeon E5

16GB RAM

1x480GB SSD

Xeon, E5

16GB RAM

1x480GB SSD

Xeon E5

16GB RAM

1x480GB SSD

Xeon E5

128GB RAM

1x800GB SSD

Xeon E5

128GB RAM

1x800GB SSD

Xeon E5

64GB RAM

3x480GB SSD

Xeon E5

64GB RAM

3x480GB SSD

Xeon E5

64GB RAM

3x480GB SSD

 While you will have access to the internet, we strongly remind you that we are on a shared network on the demo floor, and network latency and pulling down files from github may not be the best way to go the fastest. So feel free to preload a USB stick or DVD so that you don’t have to wait on network transfer.

The person with the best score will be determined when the demo floor closes on Wednesday evening. The winner will get a 15” Macbook Pro with Retina Display, i7 processor, 16GB memory, and 512GB SSD…. An awesome development platform to help you make Juno even better. We will also be giving out prizes for a couple other situations – I am not going to share all of the details on how to win these, but Mirantis will be providing training credits and a complete class to one of the competitors.

Das Kamhout is Cloud Orchestration Architect, Principal Engineer at Intel, based in Portland, Oregon. Cross-posted from: https://communities.intel.com/community/itpeernetwork/datastack/blog/2014/05/11/prove-your-chops-rulethestack-at-openstack-summit

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