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Bringing the ATLAS HammerCloud setup to the next level with containerization

May 9, 2023, 2:45 PM
Marriott Ballroom II-III (Norfolk Waterside Marriott)

Marriott Ballroom II-III

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

235 East Main Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Oral Track 4 - Distributed Computing Track 4 - Distributed Computing


Mr Rottler, Benjamin (Freiburg University)


HammerCloud (HC) is a testing service and framework for continuous functional tests, on-demand large-scale stress tests, and performance benchmarks. It checks the computing resources and various components of distributed systems with realistic full-chain experiment workflows.

The HammerCloud software was initially developed in Python 2. After support for Python 2 was discontinued in 2020, migration to Python 3 became vital in order to fulfill the latest security standards and to use the new CERN Single Sign-On, which requires Python 3.

The current deployment setup based on RPMs allowed a stable deployment and secure maintenance over several years of operations for the ATLAS and CMS experiments. However, the current model is not flexible enough to support an agile and rapid development process. Therefore, we have decided to use a containerization solution, and switched to industry-standard technologies and processes. Having an "easy to spawn" instance of HC enables a more agile development cycle and easier deployment. With the help of such a containerized setup, CI/CD pipelines can be integrated into the automation process as an extra layer of verification.

A quick onboarding process for new team members and communities is essential,
as there is a lot of personnel rotation and a general lack of personpower. This is achieved with the container-based setup, as developers can now work locally with a quick turnaround without needing to set up a production-like environment first. These developments empower the whole community to bravely test and prototype new ideas and deliver new types of resources or workflows to our community.

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Primary authors

Mr Rottler, Benjamin (Freiburg University) Dr Boehler, Michael (Freiburg University) Lory, Alexander (Munich LMU) Mitterer, Christoph Anton (Munich LMU) Schovancova, Jaroslava (CERN)

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