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Cornell-Led Aristotle Cloud Federation Partners with XSEDE to Implement Cloud Services on U.S. Campuses

Two National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded projects have joined forces to help university systems administrators implement cloud computing systems on their campuses. The Cornell-led Aristotle Cloud Federation has combined strengths with Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a virtual organization that coordinates sharing of digital services to enhance open research productivity. The OpenStack cloud implementation service will be available starting September 2019.

"Clouds have a complementary role to play in campus cyberinfrastructure," said Dave Lifka, Aristotle project director and Cornell's vice president for information technologies and CIO. "The key is rightsizing the on-premise cloud so that utilization is 85% or higher; that makes it cost-effective, and campus users can then leverage public or NSF clouds when they need more resources or a Platform as a Service such as machine learning."

The Aristotle Cloud Federation is led by the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC), in partnership with the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The goal of the Aristotle project is to share cloud resources between institutions with cross-institution allocations. Learn more about NSF OAC project #1541215 at federatedcloud.org. Cornell's CAC is an XSEDE partner institution.

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