What is ACISS?
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing has emerged in the last five years as a platform for offering computational, storage, and application services to a wide variety of computing domains. Building on virtualization technologies, web services, and resource management systems, cloud computing offers users high productivity capabilities while relieving them of much of the burden for systems administration. Cloud computing is shared resources, including computational, storage, and software, all accessed via the internet. Cloud computing allows scientists across campus access access to hundreds of terabytes of storage space, advanced data-crunching tools and high-powered computational resources that do not need to be installed on their own computers or a local server. Scientists that use the system will be able to configure their own virtual machine images and carry out their research work as if they had their own dedicated cluster. They can also seamlessly share data and project responsibilities with colleagues around the world (who can also access the cloud via a simple click of the browser button).
The ACISS system includes:
- 3 kinds of compute nodes (128 basic, 52 gpu, 16 fat)
- 400TB IBRIX storage system
- Voltaire Vantage 8500 10GigE network switch
- extensive available software
- workshops and seminars on using ACISS resources
- research proposal support
- consultation with the CASSPR team of scientific programmers
The management and operation of the ACISS service is overseen by two layers of governance:
- The ACISS Management Committee is responsible for overseeing the routine operation of the service and recommending major changes in configuration or operation to the Advisory Committee. The ACISS Management Committee is comprised of members from the College of Arts and Sciences IT Support Services (CASIT).
- The UO HPC Advisory Committee is a rotating group of UO HPC users tasked with supervising HPC services at the University of Oregon. This Committee is comprised of campus researchers and graduate students and is responsible for meeting the prioritized needs of the researchers within the constraints of the resource. This committee is comprised primarily of faculty representatives from participating schools/colleges.
The Management and User’s Advisory committees can be found here.
The research was supported by a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation, Office of Cyber Infrastructure, Principal Investigator Allen Malony, “MRI-R2: Acquisition of an Applied Computational Instrument for Scientific Synthesis (ACISS),” Grant #: OCI-0960354.