Ubuntu Fan Images

White Fan

This week, Dustin Kirkland announced the Ubuntu Fan Project.

To steal from the description, “The Fan is not a software-defined network, and relies on neither distributed databases nor consensus protocols.  Rather, routes are calculated deterministically and traffic carries no additional overhead beyond routine IP tunneling.  Canonical engineers have already demonstrated The Fan operating at 5Gpbs between two Docker containers on separate hosts.”

My team at Canonical is responsible for the production of these images. Once the official SRU’s land, I anticipate that we will publish an official stream over at cloud-images.ubuntu.com. But until then, check back here for images and updates. As always, if you have feedback, please hop into #server on FreeNode or send email.

GCE Images

Images for GCE have been published to the “ubuntu-os-cloud-devel” project.

The Images are:

  • daily-ubuntu-docker-lxd-1404-trusty-v20150620
  • daily-ubuntu-docker-lxd-1504-vivid-v20150621

To launch an instance, you might run:
$ gcloud compute instances create \
    –image-project ubuntu-os-cloud-devel \
    –image <IMAGE> <NAME>

You need to make sure that IPIP traffic is enable:
$ gcloud compute firewall-rules create fan2 –allow 4 –source-ranges 10.0.0.0/8

Amazon AWS Images

The AWS images are HVM-only, AMD64 builds.

Version Region HVM-SSD HVM-Instance
14.04-LTS eu-central-1 ami-b4ac94a9 ami-1aac9407
sa-east-1 ami-e9a220f4 ami-59a22044
ap-northeast-1 ami-1aee491a ami-3ae2453a
eu-west-1 ami-07602570 ami-d76623a0
us-west-1 ami-318c7b75 ami-238d7a67
us-west-2 ami-858b8eb5 ami-53898c63
ap-southeast-2 ami-558bf16f ami-ab95ef91
ap-southeast-1 ami-faeaeea8 ami-98e9edca
us-east-1 ami-afa25cc4 ami-b1a658da
15.04 eu-central-1 ami-b6ac94ab ami-14ac9409
sa-east-1 ami-eba220f6 ami-51a2204c
ap-northeast-1 ami-1cee491c ami-50e24550
eu-west-1 ami-05602572 ami-df6623a8
us-west-1 ami-338c7b77 ami-2b8d7a6f
us-west-2 ami-878b8eb7 ami-57898c67
ap-southeast-2 ami-4d8bf177 ami-a995ef93
ap-southeast-1 ami-feeaeeac ami-9ee9edcc
us-east-1 ami-a3a25cc8 ami-8da658e6

It is important to note that these images are only usable inside of a VPC. Newer AWS users are in VPC by default, but older users may need to create and update their VPC. For example:

$ ec2-authorize --cidr <CIDR_RANGE> --protocol 4 <SECURITY_GROUP>

About the author

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Ben Howard is an open source and Linux engineer with experience in cloud technologies and large-scale systems engineering. Before joining Canonical, Ben worked for Amazon and Novell.

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