[workspace-dev] Announcing RC1 of Nimbus 2.5 release
keahey at mcs.anl.gov
Tue Jul 6 18:11:43 CDT 2010
Happy (belated) Independence Day --we have just won independence from a kludgy
storage solution and a tyrannical installation system and are happy to
announce RC1 of Nimbus 2.5!
This release introduces two major features:
1) Cumulus, a storage cloud implementation that has been integrated with the
Workspace Service but can also be used standalone. Cumulus is compatible with
the Amazon Web Services S3 REST API, but extends it to include quota
2) Zero -> Cloud installation process, which significantly simplifies Nimbus
installation and includes user management tools.
In addition, this release also contains new scheduling and network
configuration options, new propagation methods, new workspace pilot options,
as well as multiple smaller features and bugfixes -- too much by far to brag
about in this mail; the full list is available in the changelog at:
This release would not have been the same without active involvement of the
Nimbus open source community. The changelog contains acknowledgements of many
members who made substantial contributions: in particular, we'd like to thank
Patrick Armstrong, Paulo Motta, Pierre Riteau, and Matt Vliet. They not only
contributed new ideas, suggestions, and features but also helped us improve
code quality priceless!
The Nimbus 2.5 release candidate is available for download at:
Documentation (still in progress) is available at:
Mathematics and CS Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Computation Institute, University of Chicago
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