Cloud computing is about to get an upgrade. The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University (IU) has been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deploy a distributed cloud computing system. This exciting information came to us from the Indiana University Newsroom in their release, “NSF awards Indiana University $10M to build Jetstream 2 cloud computing system.

Jetstream 2 is designed to support on-demand research, artificial intelligence (AI) and enhanced large-scale data analyses for the nation. It’s innovation is to make high-performance computing and software easy to use by researchers who have limited experience with supercomputing systems.

The current Jetstream system was led by IU in 2014 and funded as the NSF’s first production science and engineering research cloud system for the nation. This new version will be especially helpful for smaller academic communities with little previous access to such resources. IU is expected to receive nearly $20 million in total from the NSF to create, implement and operate Jetstream 2 over five years.

Melody K. Smith

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