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.

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
  • Visualization
  • 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.

How to get access

Before getting access to ScienceCloud your group needs to have an S3IT Infrastructure Services agreement in place.

Want to know more?

Additional information about how to get access, usage policy, cost contributions, and further terms and conditions is available at the S3IT infrastructure page.

For any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email to