White Paper: OpenStack* Enhanced Platform Awareness

Submitted: April 29, 2014 Last updated: April 29, 2014
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Detailed Description

Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) contributions from Intel and others to the OpenStack* cloud operating environment enable fine-grained matching of workload requirements to platform capabilities, prior to launching a virtual machine. For example, EPA can automatically launch a cryptographic workload on a platform with a hardware-based crypto-accelerator.

For workloads requiring particular CPU and/or I/O capabilities, EPA helps OpenStack assign virtual machines (VMs) to run on the optimal platforms. EPA can benefit VM performance and operation, such as for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). EPA also enables Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to offer premium, revenue-generating services based on specific hardware features. This whitepaper describes OpenStack EPA and how it can deliver business value to Telcos and CSPs.

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