Jetstream—Early operations performance, adoption, and impacts

David Y. Hancock, Craig A. Stewart, Matthew Vaughn, Jeremy Fischer, John Michael Lowe, George Turner, Tyson L. Swetnam, Tyler K. Chafin, Enis Afgan, Marlon E. Pierce, Winona Snapp-Childs

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Jetstream is a first of its kind system for the NSF — a distributed production cloud resource. We review the purpose for creating Jetstream, discuss Jetstream's key characteristics, describe our experiences from the first year of maintaining an OpenStack-based cloud environment, and share some of the early scientific impacts achieved by Jetstream users. Jetstream offers a unique capability within the XSEDE-supported US national cyberinfrastructure, delivering interactive virtual machines (VMs) via the Atmosphere interface. As a multi-region deployment that operates as an integrated system, Jetstream is proving effective in supporting modes and disciplines of research traditionally underrepresented on larger XSEDE-supported clusters and supercomputers. Already, Jetstream has been used to perform research and education in biology, biochemistry, atmospheric science, earth science, and computer science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere4683
JournalConcurrency Computation Practice and Experience
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 25 2019


  • OpenStack
  • cloud computing
  • long tail of science
  • science impacts
  • user adoption
  • virtual machines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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