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Wednesday, August 10 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Jetstream: Accessible cloud computing for the national science and engineering communities

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The Jetstream cloud is a collaboration between Indiana University, TACC, the University of Arizona, and several domain-specific partners that expands the community of users who benefit from National Science Foundation investment in shared computing resources. It is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform comprised of two geographically isolated OpenStack+Ceph clusters, each supporting hundreds of virtual machines and data volumes. The two cloud systems are integrated via a user-friendly web application that provides a task-oriented user interface for common cloud computing operations, authentication to XSEDE via Globus, and an expressive set of web service APIs. Users are supported by expert staff drawn from the partner institutions and from the XSEDE national computing infrastructure. Jetstream enables on-demand access to interactive, user-configurable computing and analysis capability. Because Jetstream is easy to access and use, it democratizes access to cloud capabilities and technologies, and with its focus on sharing, discovery, and use of useful virtual machine images, it helps promote sharable, reproducible research in nearly any research domain. This talk will describe Jetstream in greater detail, as well as how its unique combination of hardware, software, and user engagement position it well to support the "long tail of science". 


Wednesday August 10, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT