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October 24, 2022 | Detroit, Michigan
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Monday, October 24 • 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Managed Kubernetes — Next Gen Academic Infrastructure? - Viktória Spišaková & Lukáš Hejtmánek, Masaryk University

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Academic institutions run their own e-infrastructure comprising HPC systems with batch scheduling, cloud infrastructure that allows users to run VMs, and in the last few years, a container infrastructure to run containers. Frequently utilized softwares across all environments are various interactive applications. However, they are not suitable for running in HPC or cloud (as VM), since setting them up requires infrastructural technical knowledge which poses unnecessary load on users. In the Czech NREN, we identified opportunities, situations, use cases where we leveraged K8s for academic use. We decided to offer managed K8s infrastructure for research where users focus solely on their application (container image). Integration with the rest of the infrastructures is DevOps team task. We come to present the progress we have made in this field since the first version of our infrastructure during KCNA 2021. We discuss what a managed K8s infrastructure can offer, e.g. traditional Jupyter notebooks, RStudio servers, but also true 3D game streaming, personalised storage, and much more. Lastly, we open a discussion on the challenges we had to face and issues that are yet to be solved.

Speakers
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Viktória Spišaková

IT specialist, Masaryk University
I am 22 y.o. female IT specialist in the area of container cloud computing, HPC integration with nearly 4 years experience as Linux admin and DevOps. Currently, I pursue PhD degree at Masaryk University where I research container-based solutions for problems of academic infrastructures... Read More →
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Lukáš Hejtmánek

IT architect, Masaryk University
Lukas Hejtmanek received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He works as IT architect at Masaryk University in CERIT-SC project and is also storage specialist in at CESNET. His main IT interest is to improve architecture of HPC systems... Read More →



Monday October 24, 2022 2:50pm - 3:20pm EDT
Room 252 AB