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Cloud Computing

National Cloud Computing Report Available

Cloud computing is a viable technology for select research computing applications. To learn more, read the XSEDE Cloud Survey Report. This report analyzes data from 80 projects from around the globe. Cloud benefits and challenges are described from a user perspective. See also the article in Nature: Cloud computing beckons scientists.

Building a Cloud for Research

CAC was early adopter of cloud technologies. Lessons learned helped us to design a public cloud service called Red Cloud.

Red Cloud delivers on-demand elasticity for applications such as embarrassingly parallel workloads, science gateways, and academic labs. Users have access to dedicated rather than oversubscribed CPU cores and RAM and there is no charge for network traffic. These features are especially appealing to researchers.

Steven Lee
Systems Consultant

Cornell University chose Dell servers for a new HIPAA complaint cloud. 'Red Cloud Secure' runs behind the Weill Cornell Medical College firewall with a secure 10Gbit extension to Cornell's Ithaca campus for additional capacity and disaster recovery potential. CAC architects, deploys, and operates private clouds for other organization that have unique requirements such as HIPAA data protection.

Visit Cloud Computing @ Cornell for highlights of cloud computing research and courses offered at Cornell. In 2015-2017 CAC will be developing and deploying cloud computing training for the national research community as a collaborator on the NSF-funded Jetstream project.

Most recently, CAC was awarded a 5-year (2015-2020), $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a federated cloud for large-scale data analysis known as the Aristotle Cloud Federation.

CAC is also developing CloudLaunch to dynamically launch elastic virtual HPC clusters in the cloud.