Nova is the project name for OpenStack Compute, a cloud computing fabric controller, the main part of an IaaS system. Individuals and organizations can use Nova to host and manage their own cloud computing systems. Nova originated as a project out of NASA Ames Research Laboratory.
Nova is written with the following design guidelines in mind:
This documentation is generated by the Sphinx toolkit and lives in the source tree. Additional draft and project documentation on Nova and other components of OpenStack can be found on the OpenStack wiki. Cloud administrators, refer to docs.openstack.org.