ZuFi: The Zurich Future Internet node

Motivation

Besides the work in national projects where we engage with and transfer our knowledge to local SMEs, a major focus always lay on international or more precisely european projects where we’re currently involved in a number of FP7 Future Internet projects. Our goal is to push the progress of this so called Future Internet (FI) even further by providing a platform for/to ourselves and our communities where newly developed FI services can be offered to third parties as well as the general public. To this end, we are building ZuFi – the Zurich Future Internet node.

Infrastructure

At the moment the ICCLab has set up cloud-infrastructures at two locations, one at ZHAW in Winterthur and one at the Equinix data centre in Zurich (big shout out to Equinix for providing the space and power for this!). Both of them currently run OpenStack Grizzly. The setup in Zurich emerged out of our strategic partnership with Equinix and enables further research in areas like cloud federation or cloud interoperability. It’s resources will be exclusively available for XIFI.

ZuFi – Winterthur

The following hardware is available in the Winterthur node.

Component

Description

Servers

15 x Lynx CALLEO 1240

Total Capacity

  • CPU: 240 Cores

  • RAM: 960 GB

  • HDD: 60 TB

  • 12 TB NFS shared disk space

Per server capacity

  • CPU : 2 x Intel Xeon E5620 (16 Cores)

  • RAM : 64 GB

  • HDD: 4 TB

  • Network: 3 x Gbit Ethernet NIC

Per core capacity

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • HDD: 250 GB

Switch

HP E2910al-48G

And the following software and virtualization supports are installed.

Component

Description

Hypervisor

KVM

Cloud Manager

OpenStack Grizzly

Base OS

Ubuntu 13.04

ZuFi – Equinix

The following hardware is available in the Equinix node.

Component

Description

Servers

8 x Intel Xeon 5140, 2.3 GHz

Total Capacity

  • CPU: 64 Cores

  • RAM: 256 GB

  • HDD: 10 TB SAN

Per server capacity

  • CPU : 2 x Intel Xeon 5140 (8 Cores)

  • RAM : 32 GB

  • HDD: variable (attached via SAN-Controller)

  • Network: 4 x Gbit Ethernet NIC

Per core capacity

  • RAM: 4 GB

  • HDD: variable

Switch

Cisco Catalyst 3560G

And the following software and virtualization supports are installed.

Component

Description

Hypervisor

KVM

Cloud Manager

OpenStack Grizzly

Base OS

CentOS 6.4

Future Plans

For the future it is planned to extend the current installation with several generic enablers (GEs) and with that offer the future internet services that were developed in the FI-WARE project to our academic community as well as the general public. Part of that will also be the integration with local FI as well as smart cities activities.