VMware Project Pacific at Tech Field Day Extra 2019

This post has been in my draft folder for way too long. VMworld seems like just a short time ago, but so much time has already passed. It was a great time meeting up with old friends and making new ones. During that time I was lucky enough to be a part of Tech Field Day crew and be a part of some of the presentations from VMware. One of the most exciting announcements of week was about project Pacfic, but I think it should had been called vPacific to be like the rest of VMware products. What this project is doing is bringing native support for Kubernetes into vSphere. I can see this as a real game changer for the Enterprise as it brings Containers out of the development side over to the operations side. Kubernetes seems to be the next big thing, and I think with VMware it is about to really take off for enterprise.

The session kicked off with Jared Rosoff (who I think is trying to look like Bob Ross) one of the co-creators of Project Pacific. Talking about the challenges that are present with the modern Data Center. How can developers rapidly build, and how can Op’s keep the infrastructure working optimally. At the same time keeping cost down, ensuring up time and keeping everything secure.

Kubernetes is more than just an container orchestrator platform, but more of a platform for all kinds of orchestration and at the core of that is controlling the desired state. Project Pacific wanted to be able to build a new kind of cloud platform. Be able to deploy Kubernetes clusters, virtual machines and serverless environments and change how the developer use the cloud. One way this is accomplished is by going from managing at the VM level to managing at the Logical Application layer, by integrating the Kubernetes namespace into vSphere. This makes it go from managing 1000’s of VMs to managing only at the Application layer.

I am really excited to see what VMware is doing with Kuberenetes is doing. It is a powerful product, but in its current state it is hard for most enterprises to take advantage of it. VMware is in a great position to really push Kubernetes into the Enterprise, and I look forward to being able to use it soon.

This has been just a short overview of what VMware Pacific is. If you would like to learn more about this and other events you can see the entire presentation at Tech Field Day

Bitfusion at VMworld 2019 with TFDx

AI and ML the next big thing in IT, and at one time is was all hand crafted by programmers. This has created great demand for processing power, but is usually on a monolithic machine that is expensive, and not effectively used. If you wanted to build a way for a computer to recognize a certain object lets say the Internets favorite the cat; how would that be done? At one time that would required a lot of manual work to make this happen, and a lot of processing power. Now this is all done automatically with things such as GPU’s and FPGA’s through a process of inferring and training.

Bitfusion was recently acquired by VMware. I had never heard of this company before the acquisition, but once I learned about them I quickly realized why VMware did the acquisition. They have created a solution that over comes all these issues that I mentioned before, and have done for the AI/ML world what VMware did for the Storage world. Basically this is vSAN for AI/ML. Creating a large pool of resources from devices that are not in the same chassis, but on they are on the same network. It runs in the software layer and in the user-space which makes it very secure. This software breaks out workloads to run across multiple remote nodes to effectively use all available resources all with an overhead of less than 10%. I can see this a great cost effective way to bring more ML workloads into enterprises. It does this by intercepting API calls at the API layer as this is the “sweet spot” for Bitfusion to run. Then it can transfer the data over the network to a remote device such as GPU to be processed, and the application does not even need to be aware of this. This is all done with Bitfusion FlexDirect which the following slides do a good job of explaining what FlexDirect is.

It uses also CUDA to intercept the applications calls.. Then the process goes down the stack to a remote device over the network for processing. Bandwidth is not an issue with workloads such as these as latency is the main concern, and it this has been optimized to minimize latency. Check out the above slide, as it does a great job of explaining the entire process of how this all works. It inte

GPU’s can be really expensive so to make them be cost effective they need to be optimally used. That is what makes Bitfusion such an interesting product in that it can optimally use your hardware investment. I could see an organization using GPU during the day for things such as VDI, but during the night they would go idle. Jobs could be scheduled to run at night and fully use all the GPU’s.

This is just an overview of what Bitfusion is capable of. If you like to dive more into this please watch the following embedded videos, and check out TechFieldDay.com.

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