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Thursday, October 22 • 3:00pm - 3:15pm
H3: Enabling Science with Functions-as-a-Service: New Features and Usage of the Abaco Platform

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The Abaco Platform is an NSF funded project enabling researchers and developers to run containerized functions on infrastructure at the Texas Advanced Computing Center by making simple API calls over HTTP. Sometimes referred to as a “serverless” platform, Abaco reduces the administrative cost of research projects by eliminating the need to maintain infrastructure to run these workloads. Since its initial production release in January 2018, several major new features driven by feedback from the community have been released, including: an autoscaler capability for automatically managing the pool of workers for an actor; actor aliases, events and additional features designed to support building complex actor networks; synchronous executions for very low latency actors; and a global search capability. During this time, a number of new projects across a wide range of domains of science and engineering have adopted Abaco in interesting ways. In this paper, we describe the major new capabilities of Abaco since its initial production release and we discuss some of the innovative ways projects have been leveraging them to enable research.

Thursday October 22, 2020 3:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Concurrent Room 2