The ScienceCloud is a multi-purpose computing and storage infrastructure of the University of Zurich.
It is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution specifically targeted to address large-scale computational research; it is based on the OpenStack cloud management software and on Ceph for the underneath storage infrastructure.
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Why would you need to run on ScienceCloud?
Researchers need access to computing and data infrastructure to solve a wide variety of problems:
- Data analysis
- Statistical analysis
- Simulations and model building
- Parameter studies
- Image processing
- Other emerging research services
ScienceCloud empowers you to provision a dedicated and customized research infrastructure to store data and run large-scale analysis.
The driving principle behind the platform is to allow you to easily adapt your infrastucture to the changing requirements of your research.
Moreover, access to ScienceCloud is accompanied by service and support from specialists in Research IT of S3IT, removing not only the overhead of running local resources, but providing you access to new skills and expertise.
The Regulations of the Use of IT-Resources at UZH are binding for all users; acceptance of these policies is implicit in the use of the system.
How to get access and cost contributions
Access to the ScienceCloud is open for all researchers at the University of Zurich.
Usage of ScienceCloud is subject to a contribution to the costs. As ScienceCloud is largely subsidized by the UZH, these contributions are very affordable. Contact S3IT to understand how the cost contribution model matches your specific use-case.
Current grand totals are shown in the tables below:
|nodes||virtual CPUs||total RAM|
Nodes are equipped with "NVidia Tesla P4" GPUs. Currently only a small number of nodes are available for testing.
|nodes||GPUs||virtual CPUs||total RAM|
|type||raw capacity||usable capacity|
|Block storage||5.2 PB||1.7 PB|
|Object storage||1.7 PB||0.8 PB with replica-2
(or 1.2 PB with ec104)
Every compute node has a non-blocking, redundant, 10gbps link to the internal network. This network is used to access the underlying storage infrastructure and provide network connectivity to the virtual machines.
The uplink to the University network is a redundant 20gbps link.
Want to know more?
Do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email to email@example.com