Birds of a Feather
Campus Research Clouds: Gathering Requirements for a Campus Cloud Toolkit
Event Type
Birds of a Feather
Technical Tools
TimeMonday, July 295:15pm - 6:15pm
DescriptionResearch computing staff at a number of universities are finding that cloud
technologies, traditionally the area of private industry, are useful in
providing flexible computational resources that meet a wide variety
of research computing needs. Research clouds provide different capabilities
than traditional HPC resources, and require different strategies to implement,
manage, and extend. Research clouds also have the oft-touted advantage
that users can take their research to other clouds or burst in between
interoperable clouds. This capability means that significant amounts
of cloud computing capacity are available by leveraging and sharing

The proposed Birds-of-a-Feather session will bring together campus
cyberinfrastructure providers, cyberinfrastructure facilitators, and
computational users in order to gather requirements for campus research
clouds capable of providing scalable research services that meet a
variety of needs.

Members of the NSF-funded Aristotle Project and Jetstream Research Cloud
will facilitate a discussion on requirements for campuses installing
a campus level research cloud, including hardware and software choices,
implementation choices, developing usage policies and support resources,
and sustainability plans. This BOF is meant to provide a venue for a range
of different needs and roles for the campus research cloud to meet. The
requirements that surface from this BOF will be used to determine components
and documentation for an XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration toolkit
to be made broadly available to the cyberinfrastructure community via the
Research Software Portal.