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Jetstream – Virtual Machine Creation On Remote Resources With Look and Feel of Home Machine

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Jetstream – Virtual Machine Creation On Remote Resources With Look and Feel of Home Machine

Jetstream–led by Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI)–will add cloud-based computation to the national cyberinfrastructure. Researchers will be able to create virtual machines on the remote resource that look and feel like their lab workstation or home machine, but are able to harness thousands of times the computing power. “In the atmosphere, a jet stream is the border between two different masses of air. The new Jetstream cloud system will operate at the border between the existing NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure and thousands of researchers and research students who will be new to use of NSF XD program resources,” said Craig Stewart, PTI executive director and associate dean for research technologies at Indiana University. “Jetstream will give researchers access to cloud computing and data analysis resources interactively, when they need them.” Jetstream will be attractive to communities who have not been users of traditional HPC systems, but who would benefit from advanced computational capabilities. Among those groups are researchers in biology, atmospheric science, observational astronomy, and the social sciences. “We expect Jetstream to be of particular interest to researchers analyzing ‘born digital’ data with research needs that are more suited to cloud computing than the traditional supercomputers that have been the mainstay of NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure in the past,” Stewart said. IU’s partners in implementing and supporting Jetstream include TACC, the University of Chicago, the University of Arizona, University of Texas at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; University of Hawaii; the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina and the National Center for Genome Analysis Support. Jetstream is supported by a $6.6-million NSF grant and will go into production in January 2016. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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