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Cornell to develop cloud training for U.S. research community

Contact: Paul Redfern
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FOR RELEASE: November 26, 2014

The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) announced today that as a collaborator on the NSF-funded Jetstream program it will be responsible for developing cloud computing training for the U.S. research community. Jetstream--led by Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute--will add cloud-based computation to the national cyberinfrastructure.

"As an early cloud adopter and provider with Red Cloud, Cornell CAC staff will leverage their cloud computing expertise to develop and deploy on-demand Jetstream training," said Susan Mehringer, assistant director, CAC. "The first Cornell Virtual Workshop module will introduce users to Jetstream capabilities and teach them how to optimally use, create, and archive cloud services and virtual machines (VMs)," she explained. Subsequent modules will focus on using remote desktops to access Jetstream, XSEDE, and systems in the eXtreme Digital (XD) program; deploying biology and earth science applications on Jetstream; and, publishing, archiving, and curating VM images to ensure scientific reproducibility.

CAC is a leader in the development and deployment of Web-based training programs designed to enhance the computational science skills of researchers, broaden the participation of underrepresented groups, and accelerate the adoption of new and emerging technologies. Over 100,000 unique visitors have accessed Cornell Virtual Workshop training modules on high-performance computing topics since the learning platform was launched.

Today, CAC is delivering on-demand training and comprehensive courses for the XD program, currently the most comprehensive collection of integrated digital resources and services enabling open science research in the world. Jetstream will be part of XD.

In addition to Cornell, Indiana University partners implementing and supporting Jetstream include the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of Chicago, the University of Arizona, University of Texas at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State 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.