Deploying an OSDF Origin

Our mental model for an OSDF Origin is that of a filesystem, possibly composed of many servers, that is mounted on a host managed via Kubernetes. Both the filesystem and that host is the responsibility of the owner institution. The PATh team has access to that host to instantiate the origin services by deploying a container.

The institution owning the hardware on which the filesystem is implemented is responsible for communicating with PATh via the PATh ticketing system what parts of the filesystem they want to export into the OSDF, and who should have read/write access to it. The owner can change this unilaterally any time, but we request notification ideally a few days prior, if possible.

The PATh services team is responsible for operating the origin service as requested. This includes communicating the absolute path the owners exported filesystems show up in the OSG runtime environment to the institution owning the exported filesystem.

Figure 1 below depicts this architectural arrangement. PATh is responsible for services in red. This figure shows an arrangement where the actual exported filesystem sits behind an institutional firewall, while the Kubernetes host is dual homed, straddling this firewall.

We suggest that the institution owning the filesystem and the Kubernetes host work with the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) project to operate the Kubernetes host. This is by far the least effort way forward for the institution. We are happy to introduce you.

If the institution insists to deploy and operate the origin themselves, we can provide appropriate RPMs. However, we strongly suggest to leave operations of this service to the experts in the PATh operations team.

Map of the Open Science Data Federation
Figure 1: Depicting the architectural arrangement of the OSDF.