(September. 1, 2016) — Jetstream, a cloud-based advanced computing system for the science and engineering community created by Indiana University in partnership with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has launched. The project, which was first announced by the National Science Foundation in early 2015, allows thousands of researchers to have easy access to advanced computing tools through a user-friendly, cloud-based interface.
“The intent of this machine is for scientists to have a national resource to aid in their research,” said Paul Rad, director of the UTSA Open Cloud Institute. “Not every scientist is a computer scientist, and with Jetstream they no longer have to be to utilize big data in their research.”
Jetstream is designed to aid researchers in areas like biology, robotics or chemistry who don’t have computer science expertise, but use big data in their work. Users interact with a system of virtual machines on a computer or tablet. As the project continues to develop, Rad’s UTSA team is focusing on making the interface more accessible and personalized by discipline.
“UTSA has invested significantly in growing our cloud capabilities by partnering with like-minded academic institutions and industry for which we are recognized nationally,” said Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA Interim Vice President for Research. “With Jetstream, we can offer our faculty and students the best-in-class tools to facilitate their research across all academic disciplines.”
In 2015, the UTSA Open Cloud Institute was established to support cloud computing and big data research and development. The institute, supported in large part by industry, helps the international business community improve its computing platforms through open-source hardware and cloud and big data technologies such as Open Compute, OpenStack and Software Defined Network.
“The cloud is at the cutting edge of the industry, and UTSA is one of the leaders in that field,” said Harry Millwater, UTSA associate dean for research and graduate studies and Samuel G. Dawson Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “I’m very excited to see this innovative new technology launch. I’m sure it will shape how we as researchers approach big data.”
Other partnering institutions include the University of Texas at Austin Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of Chicago, the University of Arizona, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Hawaii, the University of North Carolina Odum Institute, the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Center for Genome Analysis Support.