Cloud Computing

Maximizing the effectiveness of shared resources on the cloud

Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS, Systems)


Chameleon is a computer science test bed for cloud computing.

Jetstream (Cloud Computing for National Cyberinfrastructure)

Jetstream is a self-provisioned, scalable science and engineering cloud environment. It is a new type of computational research resource open for the national research community - a data analysis and computational resource that US scientists and engineers can use interactively to conduct their research anytime, anywhere.

Jetstream features both on-demand and persistent virtual machine technology to support a much wider array of software environments and services than current NSF resources can accommodate. As a fully configurable "cloud" resource, Jetstream bridges the obvious major gap in the current ecosystem, which has machines targeted at large-scale High-Performance Computing, high memory, large data, high-throughput, and visualization resources. As the open cloud for science, Jetstream will:

  • Provide "self-serve" academic cloud services, enabling researchers or students to select a VM image from a published library, or alternatively to create or customize their own virtual environment for discipline- or task-specific personalized research computing.
  • Host persistent VMs to provide services beyond the command line interface for science gateways and other science services. For example, Jetstream will become a primary host of the popular Galaxy scientific workbench and its main datasets, bringing many Galaxy users to the NSF ecosystem from day one.
  • Enable new modes of sharing computations, data, and reproducibility.
  • Expand access to the NSF XSEDE ecosystem by making virtual desktop services accessible from institutions with limited resources

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.

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.