NSF awards Indiana University $10M to build Jetstream 2 cloud computing system

The 8 petaFLOPS system will provide virtual supercomputing power to researchers in a range of fields, including AI, social sciences and COVID-19 research


The Per짯va짯si짯ve Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Insti짯tu짯te at India짯na Uni짯ver짯si짯ty has been award짯ed a $10 mil짯li짯on grant from the Natio짯nal Sci짯ence Foun짯da짯ti짯on to deploy Jet짯stream 2, a dis짯tri짯bu짯ted cloud com짯pu짯ting sys짯tem to sup짯port on-demand rese짯arch, arti짯fi짯ci짯al intel짯li짯gence and enhan짯ced lar짯ge-sca짯le data ana짯ly짯ses for the nation.

Jet짯stream 2셲 signa짯tu짯re inno짯va짯ti짯on is its abili짯ty to make high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting and soft짯ware easy to use by rese짯ar짯chers who have limi짯t짯ed expe짯ri짯ence with super짯com짯pu짯ting sys짯tems. This is espe짯ci짯al짯ly hel짯pful for smal짯ler aca짯de짯mic com짯mu짯ni짯ties with litt짯le pre짯vious access to such resour짯ces. IU is expec짯ted to recei짯ve near짯ly $20 mil짯li짯on in total from the NSF to crea짯te, imple짯ment and ope짯ra짯te Jet짯stream 2 over five years.

For over 20 years, India짯na Uni짯ver짯si짯ty has con짯tin짯ued to grow in our high-per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting exper짯ti짯se, sta짯tu짯re and ser짯vice to the nation셲 rese짯arch com짯pe짯ti짯ti짯ve짯ness, IU Pre짯si짯dent Micha짯el A. McRob짯bie said. 쏷he NSF셲 rene짯wal and expan짯si짯on of Jet짯stream will push the total NSF invest짯ment in IU-led com짯pu짯ting sys짯tems to over $50 mil짯li짯on in the last deca짯de, and we are gra짯teful to the NSF for their con짯fi짯dence in IU셲 lea짯der짯ship and abili짯ties in this vital sci짯en짯ti짯fic area for the United States.

Jet짯stream 2 builds on the tre짯men짯dous suc짯cess of the ori짯gi짯nal Jet짯stream sys짯tem at IU and with our part짯ners, said Brad Whee짯ler, IU vice pre짯si짯dent for infor짯ma짯ti짯on tech짯no짯lo짯gy and chief infor짯ma짯ti짯on offi짯cer. 쏧t bund짯les com짯pu짯ta짯ti짯on, soft짯ware and access to sto짯rage for indi짯vi짯du짯als and teams of rese짯ar짯chers who span hundreds of are짯as of rese짯arch and who work at the fron짯tiers of sci짯en짯ti짯fic inquiry. It fur짯ther expands IU셲 many tech짯no짯lo짯gy and rese짯arch part짯ner짯ships across the nation.

The cur짯rent Jet짯stream sys짯tem was led by IU in 2014 and fun짯ded as the NSF셲 first pro짯duc짯tion sci짯ence and engi짯nee짯ring rese짯arch cloud sys짯tem for the nati짯on. Jet짯stream has offe짯red cloud-based, on-demand com짯pu짯ting and data ana짯ly짯sis resour짯ces within the natio짯nal Extre짯me Sci짯ence and Engi짯nee짯ring Dis짯co짯very Envi짯ron짯ment, known as XSEDE.

Over the years, the Jet짯stream sys짯tem has given thou짯sands of U.S. rese짯ar짯chers access to a powerful cloud-based envi짯ron짯ment that com짯ple짯ments other NSF sys짯tems all from a lap짯top or iPad allo짯wing them to explo짯re and under짯stand immense amounts of data. Today, Jet짯stream is part of the COVID-19 HPC Con짯sor짯ti짯um, offe짯ring resour짯ces in sup짯port of rese짯arch rela짯ted to fin짯ding a cure for the pandemic.

We intend Jet짯stream 2 to be a demo짯cra짯tiz짯ing force within the NSF eco짯sys짯tem, allo짯wing rese짯ar짯chers and edu짯ca짯tors access to cut짯ting-edge resour짯ces regard짯less of pro짯ject sca짯le, said David Y. Han짯cock, Jet짯stream 2 prin짯ci짯pal inves짯ti짯ga짯tor and direc짯tor for Advan짯ced Cyber짯in짯fra짯struc짯tu짯re in IU셲 Uni짯ver짯si짯ty Infor짯ma짯ti짯on Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Ser짯vices.  AI for ever짯yo짯ne is a term we쇑춚e coin짯ed to embrace that idea. Through the use of vir짯tu짯al infra짯struc짯tu짯re, we will be able to pro짯vi짯de more access to high-end tech짯no짯lo짯gies to enable deep lear짯ning and arti짯fi짯ci짯al intel짯li짯gence techniques.

The짯se awards repre짯sent a suite of com짯ple짯men짯ta짯ry advan짯ced com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal capa짯bi짯li짯ties and ser짯vices aimed to empower new fun짯da짯men짯tal rese짯arch in many fields, said Amy Fried짯lan짯der, acting direc짯tor of the NSF Office of Advan짯ced Cyber짯in짯fra짯struc짯tu짯re. NSF셲 long-stan짯ding invest짯ments in advan짯ced and inno짯va짯ti짯ve com짯pu짯ting respond to the rapid evo짯lu짯ti짯on and expan짯si짯on of com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal- and data-inten짯si짯ve rese짯arch being con짯duc짯ted across all of sci짯ence and engineering.

The pro짯ject team also has a goal of ser짯ving more stu짯dents than any other NSF-fun짯ded cyber짯in짯fra짯struc짯tu짯re resour짯ce, lea짯ding to a diver짯se pool of gra짯dua짯tes ente짯ring the STEM work짯force with robust trai짯ning in com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal sci짯ence. Jet짯stream 2 builds on the class짯room suc짯cess of Jet짯stream, which was used in clas짯ses to teach com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal bio짯lo짯gy and che짯mis짯try, and in stu짯dent pro짯jects on AI approa짯ches to bio짯lo짯gi짯cal field rese짯arch, vete짯ri짯na짯ry medi짯ci짯ne and tex짯tu짯al analysis.

Con짯sis짯ting of five com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal sys짯tems, Jet짯stream 2셲 pri짯ma짯ry sys짯tem will be loca짯ted at India짯na Uni짯ver짯si짯ty, with four smal짯ler regio짯nal sys짯tems deploy짯ed nati짯on짯wi짯de at part짯ners Ari짯zo짯na Sta짯te Uni짯ver짯si짯ty, Cor짯nell Uni짯ver짯si짯ty, the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of Hawai셢 and the Texas Advan짯ced Com짯pu짯ting Cen짯ter. The 8 peta짯FLOPS cloud com짯pu짯ting sys짯tem will use next-gene짯ra짯ti짯on AMD EPYC pro짯ces짯sors and NVIDIA A100 GPUs, and 18.5 peta짯bytes of sto짯rage. Addi짯tio짯nal Jet짯stream 2 part짯ners include the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty of Ari짯zo짯na, Johns Hop짯kins Uni짯ver짯si짯ty and the Uni짯ver짯si짯ty Cor짯po짯ra짯ti짯on for Atmo짯sphe짯ric Rese짯arch, with Dell Inc. as the pri짯ma짯ry supplier.

About the Pervasive Technology Institute

The Per짯va짯si짯ve Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Insti짯tu짯te at India짯na Uni짯ver짯si짯ty is a col짯la짯bo짯ra짯ti짯ve orga짯niza짯ti짯on desi짯gned to mar짯shal IU셲 com짯pu짯ta짯tio짯nal experts and resour짯ces quick짯ly in respon짯se to socie짯tal, rese짯arch and edu짯ca짯tio짯nal needs. In part짯ner짯ship with UITS, the Per짯va짯si짯ve Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Insti짯tu짯te also led the ori짯gi짯nal Jet짯stream award. The insti짯tu짯te was estab짯lished in 1999 by a gene짯rous grant from the Lil짯ly Endow짯ment and has con짯tin짯ued to lead pro짯duc짯ti짯ve uses and appli짯ca짯ti짯ons of rese짯arch tech짯no짯lo짯gies for over 20 years.

About University Information Technology Services

Uni짯ver짯si짯ty Infor짯ma짯ti짯on Tech짯no짯lo짯gy Ser짯vices is part of the Office of the Vice Pre짯si짯dent for Infor짯ma짯ti짯on Tech짯no짯lo짯gy and Chief Infor짯ma짯ti짯on Offi짯cer for India짯na Uni짯ver짯si짯ty. It pro짯vi짯des ser짯vices across all IU cam짯pu짯ses to sup짯port the mis짯si짯on of India짯na University.