Open OnDemand (OOD) is a tool that brings to researchers and students the power of Great Lakes, the university’s flagship open-science, high-performance, computing cluster.
Open OnDemand is a way for researchers and students to use a web interface to access the Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS) Great Lakes and Lighthouse High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources. Because users do not need to have any technical training, it’s as simple as going to a browser and logging in. Users can start working immediately.
“It’s your laptop, but 1,000 times bigger,” said Brock Palen, director, ARC-TS. “Open OnDemand offers our customers the speed and capacity of the HPC clusters without investing hours in training.”
The benefits of OOD are many, including providing easy file management, command-line shell access to the HPC clusters, job management and monitoring, and graphical desktop environments and desktop interactive applications such as RStudio, MATLAB, and Jupyter Notebook.
“This system works well for a range of fields from engineering to the physical and social sciences. Open OnDemand has lowered the barrier to access powerful HPC clusters so that students and researchers can do incredibly innovative work,” said Matt Britt, ARC-TS HPC manager.
ARC-TS is a division of Information and Technology Services (ITS).