Cloud Computing

Maximizing the effectiveness of shared resources on the cloud

Instant access to advanced computing resources is possible using cloud computing. TACC's cloud services are designed for researchers who need large-scale resources for scientific activities, but prefer a virtualized, on-demand environment. Additionally, TACC staff conduct research into cloud architectures and interfaces to improve next generation cloud platforms.

TACC's cloud services are comprehensive and can be broken into three categories: Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Platforms, and Cloud Services.

Cloud Infrastructure is the backbone of all cloud computing services such as servers, storage, networks, and operating systems. TACC's cloud infrastructure systems include:

  • Wrangler - Wrangler is the most powerful data analysis system allocated in XSEDE.
  • Rodeo - Rodeo is a powerful cloud resource that allows for the full customization of computational environments, the ability to archive these environments, and easy access to stored data from any location.
  • Chameleon - Chameleon is an experimental testbed used for cloud architecture and applications, in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

Cloud Platforms are the tools and services designed to make coding and deploying cloud applications quick and efficient. TACC's cloud platforms include:

  • AGAVE/CyVerse API - The CyVerse API enables the asynchronous movement of file data into and out of CyVerse.
  • Atmosphere - CyVerse's cloud service lets you launch your own isolated virtual working environment and software.

Cloud Services are web-based applications designed for users. Galaxy is TACC's cloud service. With more than 30,000 users running 3,000 + jobs a day, Galaxy represents the world's largest, most successful open source web-based platform for data-intensive, biomedical research.