TACC Accepting Users on New “Rodeo” Science Cloud

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tacc logoThe Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has announced that the center’s new Rodeo cloud computing offering is available for researchers that need large-scale resources, but prefer a virtualized, on-demand environment.

TACC provides many compute, visualization and storage capabilities, but lately more researchers have been asking us for these capabilities hosted as cloud services,” said TACC Director Jay Boisseau. “We have been providing cloud services for specific projects, but Rodeo is our first general purpose solution for scientists to host persistent cloud-enabled services and to access cloud computing and storage resources.”

How does it work? According to Steve Mock, TACC’s director of Advanced Computing Interfaces, Rodeo lets users create virtual machines, host data, and provide services like science Gateways. “Rodeo is a powerful cloud resource where researchers can easily conduct a variety of scientific activities: modeling and simulation, visualization, data analytics and management,” he said. “With Rodeo, you get to create an environment that suits your research needs and even share that environment with your collaborators. We’ll also be developing domain-specific environments so that users from various scientific communities can easily start using Rodeo.”

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