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Over the past two years the OSL has been building a POWER8 based OpenStack environment working in conjuction with IBM. The purpose of this environment is to provide a stable yet flexible infrastructure for FOSS projects to port and test their code on the new PowerPC 64bit Little Endian (ppc64le) architecture.
This session will cover various aspects of the path we took to build and continue to run the environment. Some topics will include some of the initial challenges we faced and how we solved them. In addition, we’ll cover some of the specific porting issues we ran into with ppc64le. We’ll also cover some of the major issues we ran into with OpenStack specifically on ppc64le and how we solved them. And finally, we’ll discuss the future of the cluster and the work we’ve put into designing it.
Attendees to this session should have some foundational knowledge of the POWER and OpenStack ecosystem. If you’re interested in architecture porting issues and/or interested in OpenStack deployment war stories, this session might be for you.