Skip navigation and jump directly to page content

 IU Trident Indiana University

Spreading the good news about Jetstream to underserved communities

Project Leads: Jeremy Fischer, Craig Stewart (PI)

Divisions/Groups who enabled highlight:  UITS Research Technologies' High Performance Systems (HPS) and Collaboration and Engagement Support Group (CESG)

Funding: National Science Foundation, ACI-1445604

Figure 1. Oregon Convention Center - Site of SCREAM-15.

The Jetstream implementation team is striving to extend the reach of the NSF’s eXtreme Digital (XD) program to researchers, educators, and research students who have not previously used NSF XD program resources – especially those in communities and at institutions that traditionally lack significant cyberinfrastructure resources.

Jetstream will, for example, use virtual Linux desktops to deliver capabilities supporting research and research education at small colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, Tribal colleges, and higher education institutions in states eligible for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Jetstream will be a novel cloud resource, with production components in Indiana and Texas. In particular, Jetstream will deliver virtual Linux desktops to mobile devices with reasonable responsiveness running over cellular networks. While presenting at SCREAM-15, Fischer discussed design and application plans for Jetstream as a novel DCI system for research education.

When a researcher or student logs into Jetstream, they will have access to a library of public Virtual Machines (VMs) – including a generic Linux VM into which any application developer or user can add software of their own choosing – pre-configured to do a variety of important scientific tasks. They can use a pre-created VM and then save a personalized version to their private library. Researchers will also have the opportunity to save and publish VMs to support their scientific research. For software developers such as IU’s bioinformaticians, Jetstream will provide an excellent mechanism for disseminating new software.

Jetstream is a collaboration between PTI, Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of Chicago, the University of Arizona, University of Texas at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Hawaii, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina, and the National Center for Genome Analysis Support. Craig Stewart is the PI of the Jetstream project, which is supported by NSF grant #ACI-1445604. Jetstream will go into production in January 2016.

The High Performance Systems (HPS) group implements, operates, and supports some of the fastest supercomputers in the world.  IU's Big Red II, the Quarry cluster, Karst, and the large memory Mason system in order to advance Indiana University's mission in research, training, and engagement in the state. HPS also supports databases and database engines used by the IU community.

The Collaboration and Engagement Support Group (CESG) helps Indiana University, PTI, and Research Technologies translate innovation into meaningful improvements in the quality of life for residents of the state of Indiana and the US (and world) as a whole.

For information about the Pervasive Technology Institute, the Research Technologies Division of UITS, and IU’s advanced cyberinfrastructure see