Jetstream - Performance, early experiences, and early results

Craig A. Stewart, Jeremy Fischer, Nirav Merchant, Daniel C. Stanzione, David Y. Hancock, Tim Cockerill, Therese Miller, James Taylor, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Liming, John Michael Lowe, Edwin Skidmore

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Jetstream is a first-of-a-kind system for the NSF - a distributed production cloud resource. The NSF awarded funds to create Jetstream in November 2014. Here we review the purpose for creating Jetstream, present the acceptance test results that define Jetstream's key characteristics, describe our experiences in standing up an OpenStack-based cloud environment, and share some of the early scientific results that have been obtained by researchers and students using this system. Jetstream offers unique capability within the XSEDE-supported US national cyberinfrastructure, delivering interactive virtual machines (VMs) via the Atmosphere interface developed by the University of Arizona. As a multi-region deployment that operates as a single integrated system, Jetstream is proving effective in supporting modes and disciplines of research traditionally underrepresented on larger XSEDE-supported clusters and supercomputers. Already, researchers in biology, network science, economics, earth science, and computer science have used Jetstream to perform research -much of it research in the "long tail of science.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of XSEDE 2016
Subtitle of host publicationDiversity, Big Data, and Science at Scale
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450347556
StatePublished - Jul 17 2016
EventConference on Diversity, Big Data, and Science at Scale, XSEDE 2016 - Miami, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 21 2016

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


OtherConference on Diversity, Big Data, and Science at Scale, XSEDE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Cloud computing
  • Long tail of science
  • National Science Foundation
  • OpenStack
  • Virtual machines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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