Invited Talks

Title: Intro to OpenStack Software Platform and Community

Abstract: "The talk introduces the audience to OpenStack, the fastest growing open source project to date, and the preeminent open source cloud operating system. The talk will provide an overview of OpenStack, the various components involved in running a cloud, and how the various components communicate amongst themselves. We describe architectural considerations in designing OpenStack that allow it to be extensible and allow for rapidly scalable development processes.  As the OpenStack community has exploded in size, certain processes and procedures were put in place in order to allow for more effective governance and management of the myriad projects that comprise the OpenStack ecosystem. Tooling was developed around blueprint and design development, source code management, code reviews, and team communication, all with the goal of providing more consistent and transparent management of project direction. However, with the introduction of these many processes and tools came a burden to new contributors as well as a need for mentorship programs to nurture and guide individuals and organizations into being good OpenStack community citizens.  This talk also provides a guide to highlight these processes and tools to help new folks get introduced to the community. We will be covering the OpenStack community and governance tools we use in the community Review and code best practices, Tips and techniques for best interacting with community members etc."

Amrith Kumar is an active technical contributor to the OpenStack project, and a member of the Trove core review team. He is also a member of the OpenStack Foundation Job Analysis Task Force and an author of the book on OpenStack Trove.  He is the author of the book on OpenStack Trove (published by Apress,  He is the founder and CTO of Tesora, and brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading products for companies specializing in enterprise storage applications, fault tolerant high performance systems and massively parallel databases to Tesora, which he co-founded.  Earlier, he served as vice president of technology and product management at Dataupia, maker of the Satori Data Warehousing platform , and Sepaton’s director and general manager where he was responsible for the development of the core virtual tape library product. As a director of product development at Netezza, he managed end-to-end product delivery for all customers and prospects.  Amrith studied mathematics at the University of Madras (India) and management at the Indian Institute of Management.

Davanum Srinivas is a long time contributor to OpenStack, currently serves as the Project Technical Lead for Oslo. He is active in several other OpenStack projects like Nova, KeyStone, Magnum and helps with the OpenStack Release team as well. At Mirantis, he leads a team working on improving KeyStone project and infrastructure components like RabbitMQ, MySQL Galera through Oslo projects like Oslo.Messaging and Oslo.DB.

        Delivering an Enterprise Scale Container Management, Orchestration and PaaS with OpenShift

OpenShift is delivering an Enterprise container management and application platform, it enables agile application development, provisioning and lifecycle Management. At the heart of OpenShift are containers, Kubernetes to enable not only delivery of 12 factor applications but also stateful applications and services. In this session we will explain the motivation and architecture of OpenShift, how it can be used to empower developers and IT operations at the same time. A number of real life use cases will be covered and covered in detail (architecture, business drivers, benefits, implementation) The various implementation options and real life use cases will be discussed and also how OpenShift enables microservice architectures for large scale infrastructure will be discussed. We will also cover an outlook into OpenShift's future roadmap and capabilities. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers following the talk.

Presenter: Matt Hicks, Red Hat Vice President, Management and OpenShift Engineering


Disruptive technologies are rooted in two requirements: building a great application and utilizing infrastructure to the application’s advantage. Today, successful businesses need to harness technology to better serve their customers. Over the last 15 years Matt Hicks has worked in the epicenter of this technological shift and has developed the expertise to steer companies toward a more competitive future.  As one of the founding members of Red Hat’s OpenShift offering (now an award-winning PaaS solution), his passion is around using development, operations, and infrastructure to take winning concepts from ideation to reality.

Title: The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

Abstract: The MGHPCC is a high performance computing datacenter built to support the research computing needs of five Boston area universities: MIT, BU, Northeastern, Harvard and UMass. The center is a public/private venture and was constructed with funds from the five universities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco and EMC. This talk present the major infrastructure components of the facility and explain some of the challenges operating a modern, energy-efficient, high-density computer facility.

Presenter: Jim is the Director of IT Services at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. The center is a 10MW computer facility located in Holyoke Massachusetts, an ideal location for computing in Massachusetts with ample land, inexpensive power and access to several high-capacity optical networks. Jim has led the effort to make sure the facility meets the computing and security requirements of the member institutions as the project has progressed through the design, construction, startup and operations phases. Prior to MGHPCC Jim worked as a consultant to British Telecommunications, CTO at Weather Services International and CTO at MetraTech Corporation. Jim has over 20 years of industry experience as a technology executive, project lead and, operations manager.

Title: An Introduction to OpenNebula - Cloud Federation Features and Use Cases

Abstract: OpenNebula is a production-ready open-source platform for building and managing on-premise IaaS clouds. In 2008, OpenNebula was the first open-source cloud management platform, and now it operates as a user-driven open-source project. The talk explores the anatomy of the cloud, the architectures for cloud federation, and the OpenNebula features to build dynamic and scalable private, hybrid and federated cloud environments. Hundreds of organizations rely on OpenNebula to run their businesses or support their scientific research. The talk illustrates how OpenNebula is being used in some of these compute- and data-intensive environments to build multi-site, hybrid and federated clouds, and gives examples of innovation projects integrating OpenNebula with Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) techniques to enable federated cloud networking.

Presenter: Dr. Ignacio M. Llorente, Project Director at OpenNebula, Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and Full Professor at Complutense University

With 24 years of experience, Dr. Llorente is an entrepreneur, researcher and educator that has successfully played various roles within the field of High Performance, Distributed and Cloud Computing. He is one of the pioneers and world's leading authorities on Cloud Computing. He has held several appointments as cloud expert and consultant for the European Commission, the World Economic Forum, and several companies and national governments. He has given many keynotes in the main international events, founded and managed several international projects and initiatives, and authored many articles in the leading journals, being one of the top cited authors in the field of Cloud Computing. Dr. Llorente is a IEEE Senior Member, and holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from UCM and an Executive MBA from IE Business School.