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Tuesday, October 3 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Jetstream: A Cloud System Enabling Learning In Higher Education Communities

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Jetstream is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) first production cloud for conducting general-purpose science and engineering research as well as an easy to use platform for education activities. Unlike many high-performance computing systems, Jetstream uses the interactive Atmosphere graphical user interface developed as part of the iPlant (now CyVerse) project. This interface provides for a lower barrier of entry for use by educators, students, practicing scientists, and engineers. A key part of the Jetstream’s mission is to extend the reach of the NSF’s eXtreme Digital (XD) program to a community of users who have not previously utilized NSF XD program resources, including those communities and institutions that traditionally lack significant cyberinfrastructure resources. One manner in which Jetstream facilitates this access is via virtual desktops facilitating use in education and research at small colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Tribal colleges, and higher education institutions in states designated by the NSF as eligible for funding via the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Jetstream entered into full production in September 2016 and during the first six months it has supported more than a dozen educational efforts across the United States. Here, we discuss how educators at institutions of higher education have been using Jetstream in the classroom and at student-focused workshops. Specifically, we explore success stories, difficulties encountered, and everything in between. We will discuss plans for increasing the use of cloud-based systems in higher education. A primary goal in this paper is to spark discussions between educators and information technologists on how to improve using cloud resources in education.

Session Chair
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Kendra Strode

Technology Support Specialist, Carleton College
Training helpdesk students at a small undergraduate college.

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Jeremy Fischer

Manager, Jetstream Cloud, Jetstream - Indiana University
Cloud computing for research and education!

David Hancock

Indiana University
Indiana University
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Craig A. Stewart

Indiana University
Indiana University
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George Turner

Chief Systems Architect, Indiana University

Tuesday October 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Seattle 2 1415 5th Ave, Seattle WA 98101