FutureGrid Rain is a tool that will allow users to place customized environments like virtual clusters or IaaS frameworks onto resources. The process of raining goes beyond the services offered by existing scheduling tools due to its higher-level toolset targeting virtualized and non-virtualized resources. Rain will be able to move resources from one infrastructure to another and compare the execution of an experiment in the different supported infrastructures.
In order to support Rain we need a flexible image management framework. Thus, Rain includes the FutureGrid Image Management framework which defines the full life cycle of the images in FutureGrid. It involves the process of creating, customizing, storing, sharing and registering images for different FutureGrid environments.
This framework allows users to generate personalized abstract images by simply specifying a list of requirements such as OS, architecture, software, and libraries. These images are generic enough that through manipulations they can be adapted for several IaaS or HPC infrastructures with little effort by the users. It will support the management of images for Nimbus, Eucalyptus, OpenStack, OpenNebula, and bare-metal HPC infrastructures.
The very first paper about the idea of RAIN was published in 2010 and contained an overview of the image repository
|[R1]||Design of the FutureGrid Experiment Management Framework Gregor von Laszewski, Geoffrey C. Fox, Fugang Wang, Andrew J. Younge, Archit Kulshrestha, Gregory G. Pike, Warren Smith, Jens Voeckler, Renato J. Figueiredo, Jose Fortes et al. doi> 10.1109/GCE.2010.5676126|
However since than we have mades some significant contributions documented in the following papers
|[R2]||Design of a Dynamic Provisioning System for a Federated Cloud and Bare-metal Environment, Gregor von Laszewski, Hyungro Lee, Javier Diaz, Fugang Wang, Koji Tanaka, Shubhada Karavinkoppa, Geoffrey C. Fox, and Tom Furlani, Proceeding FederatedClouds ‘12 Proceedings of the 2012 workshop on Cloud services, federation, and the 8th open cirrus summit. doi> 10.1145/2378975.2378982|
|[R3]||Abstract Image Management and Universal Image Registration for Cloud and HPC Infrastructures, J. Diaz, Gregor von Laszewski, F. Wang, and G. Fox. IEEE Cloud 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2012. doi> 10.1109/CLOUD.2012.94|
|[R4]||Comparison of Multiple Cloud Frameworks, Gregor von Laszewski, J. Diaz, F. Wang, and G. Fox. IEEE Cloud 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2012. doi> 10.1109/CLOUD.2012.104|
|[R5]||FutureGrid Image Repository: A Generic Catalog and Storage System for Heterogeneous Virtual Machine Images, J. Diaz, Gregor von Laszewski, F. Wang, A.J. Younge, and G. Fox, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom2011), Athens, Greece, November 2011. doi> 10.1109/CloudCom.2011.85|
Poblication by others using RAIN that have been communicated to us [R6]
|[R6]||Towards the contention aware scheduling in HPC cluster environment, S. Blagodurov and A. Fedorova , High Performance|
Computing Symposium (HPCS), Vancouver, Canada, May 2012.