This week was the last in-class meeting of the semester.
We discussed various ideas about how we should use our Eucalyptus cloud in the future. One of the ideas was to provide students in lower level courses with images of the cloud that supplied them with all the tools they need to do their work.
We then were able to meet up with our groups and further discuss completing our project.
I worked on creating a Power Point presentation that represented a visual summary of our research on Eucalyptus’ Architectural Overview as well as general Cloud Computing information.
Also, on Saturday we met up on campus as a group to do a practice run of our presentation. After a few run-throughs we felt pretty good about what we had prepared.
I decided on a topic and wrote my Ethical Analysis regarding Eucalyptus. This was a learning experience as I began to do my research on security issues with Cloud Computing/Eucalyptus. I had previously heard about the issues, but upon doing some research on the topic it furthered my knowledge of things I wasn’t aware of.
This week we got together in class and decided on how we would go about presenting our portion of the Eucalyptus project. Our group, because it discusses the Architecture Overview, will be the first group to present on May 9th, 2012. We decided it is probably a good idea to do a couple of run-throughs of our oral presentation so that we are prepared on the day of so we met up on campus on Saturday to get started.
After meeting on Saturday, we came up with the details regarding what our presentation will consist of.
I added some finishing touches to what I already have written on the storage controller and machine images.
We also received the requirements/credentials for the Ethical Analysis of Eucalyptus so I began working on that as well. The topic I chose to discuss was security and cloud computing/Eucalyptus. There are security issues with cloud computing in general so I thought that would be an interesting topic to tackle.
This week we did not meet as a class, as we had the 16th off due to Patriot’s Day.
During this week I made a lot of progress with my documentation on Eucalyptus Machine Images (EMIs). I was able to research the topic using the following links as references for my own documentation:
The Amazon AMI user guide helped to better understand Eucalyptus’ EMIs greatly.
I also began to think about what topic I’d like to tackle in regards to the ethical analysis of Eucalyptus/Cloud Computing.
This week we began by providing updates on where we are at with our individual projects. We also need to find out exactly what format the folks over at Eucalyptus want our documentation to be in. Then we will need to convert our simple text format over to whatever they suggest.
We also discussed beginning a paper on an ethical analysis of Eucalyptus. This is something to work on and be due at the end of the semester. We will be writing about something we find to be negative about Eucalyptus or Cloud Computing in general. This can include aspects such as: security, reliability and privacy.
I’ve also just continued with documentation on the Eucalyptus Architecture Overview (Block Storage Controller).
This week we created an EtherPad to document and organize the mid-semester status of all our collective Eucalyptus documentation. Using the following EtherPad: http://typewith.me/p/Mid-semester_status, we were all able to contribute and describe what the status of our portion of the documentation is. We included the following information to describe our portion of the project and it’s status: Description, Who is Working on It, Current Status, What Has Been Done, What is In Process, What Still Needs to Be Done, What Resources Do We Need, and Other. This is going to allow us to keep track of what we’ve all done so far in regards to working with Eucalytpus as an FOSS thus far.
After meeting with my group to discuss and go over where we are all at with our individual parts of the project, I was able to continue with my documentation on Eucalyptus Block Storage and Amazon EBS Backed Images.
I updated our portion of the WiKi with my findings and research on Eucalyptus Block Storage Service (http://cs.worcester.edu/wiki/index.php?n=Main.ArchitectureOverview).
This week in class we first discussed updates on what people have been working on over the past couple of weeks. Various groups provided information regarding where they were at with their portion of Eucalyptus. Our group, (Myself, Dan Adams, and Brian Labbe), decided what direction specifically we would like to take our documenting of the architecture of Eucalyptus. We decided to split up the project into three main portions which include: Storage Controller/Elastic Block Storage, S3/Walrus, etc. I will be working on the Storage Controller/Elastic Block Storage part of the documentation. As references I’ll be using the following Amazon docs: http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/AmazonEBS.html and http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/concepts.html#storage. This is helpful because I will be able to compare the Eucalyptus storage controller to Amazon’s EBS. I was able to find information regarding Eucalyptus’ storage controller here: http://open.eucalyptus.com/wiki/EucalyptusBlockStorage_v2.0. Using these tools and information I was able to begin to create a document that describes how Eucalyptus’ Block Storage functions.
We had spring break this week at WSU so I tried to squeeze in some Eucalyptus time. This week the Eucalyptus web interface was made available and we were able to sign up for an account on our cloud. This was some pretty exciting progress. I’ve also been, once again, continuing to research and document for the “Architecture Overview” portion of the Eucalyptus documentation.