A Petabyte-scale Scientific Community Cloud

The OSDC enables scientific researchers to easily manage, share, and analyze large datasets.

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OSDC in brief

The Open Science Data Cloud provides the scientific community with resources for storing, sharing, and analyzing terabyte and petabyte-scale scientific datasets. The OSDC is a data science ecosystem in which researchers can house and share their own scientific data, access complementary public datasets, build and share customized virtual machines with whatever tools necessary to analyze their data, and perform the analysis to answer their research questions. It is a one-stop shop for making scientific research faster and easier.

Why is there a need?

With datasets growing larger and larger, researchers are finding that the bottleneck to discovery is no longer a lack of data but an inability to manage, analyze, and share their large datasets. Individual researchers can no longer download and analyze the important datasets in their scientific fields on their own computers. The goal of the Open Science Data Cloud is to remove the bottleneck to discovery by providing researchers with access to a variety of key datasets across scientific disciplines and the computing infrastructure to allow scientists to easily manage and share their data and analysis.>> read more

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OSDC Griffin - A New Public Resource

The OCC is very pleased to announce availability of our newest public resource, OSDC Griffin. OSDC Griffin is a compute resource named after the Chicago Architect Marion Mahony Griffin. Griffin is an OpenStack cluster utilizing ephemeral storage in VMs with access to a separate S3-compatible storage system for persistent data storage. OSDC Griffin has 610 cores, 2391 GiB of RAM, and 369664 GiB of VM/ephemeral storage. Allocations to all users and projects are managed at the “tenant” level. To apply for a resource allocation on OSDC Griffin use the OSDC Resource Allocation Application and select "Public Cloud". Applications are considered on a quarterly basis as part of our allocation process. Recipients of OSDC resource allocations are expected to: Make appropriate use of OSDC resources and use good social behavior (ie - terminating VMs when not in use). ... more ...

NOAA Big Data CRADA at AMS Meeting

On August 6th, during the American Meteorological Society conference in Raleigh, NC there will be a panel discussion special on "The NOAA Big Data Crada and You!" Discussing the OCC's efforts as part of NOAA's Big Data project will be Dr. Mohan Ramamurthy from Unidata. You can follow all the latest news using the #AMSsummer hashtag. ... more ...

University of Edinburgh Joins the OCC

We’re pleased to announce that The University of Edinburgh is now a member of the Open Cloud Consortium! The University of Edinburgh will participate in the Open Science Data Cloud working group and will continue their efforts as a key international partner in the OSDC PIRE program. Learn more about how your organization can become a member of the OCC here. ... more ...

OCC Data Alliance Meets at Matter

The OCC Data Alliance met on Tuesday June 2nd in downtown Chicago to discuss the NOAA Big Data Project. A diverse group representing industry, research, and the nonprofit sector gathered requirements for data and key data commons services, and developed a roadmap for the alliance. Special thanks to the Matter team for letting the OCC Data Alliance use their excellent conference space. To get involved with the OCC Data Alliance contact noaa.crada at opencloudconsortium.org. ... more ...

OSDC PIRE Fellows Announced

An excellent group of 2015 OSDC PIRE research fellows has been selected! The goal of OSDC PIRE is to provide training that makes it easier for scientists to use cloud computing for their data intensive research. OSDC PIRE fellowships are fully-funded summer fellowships to work abroad and gain hands-on experience with large datasets, data intensive projects, cloud computing, and other large scale computing environments. OSDC PIRE workshops bring together a diverse group of internationally-based researchers to think about the challenges and solutions that are facing the data intensive research community. The workshops provide opportunities to create practical applications that will improve the communities' research efficacy. Previous fellows have successfully presented their OSDC PIRE research in peer-reviewed journals and conferences such as IEEE’s Supercomputing conference. Learn more about OSDC PIRE. ... more ...

How can I get involved?


Access the Public Data Commons

The OSDC has 1 PB of publicly accessible data in a wide variety of disciplines. Interested researchers can freely access and download these data to their own machines or apply for resources to compute over the data within the cloud.

Contribute to OSDC


All of the software developed as part of the OSDC is open source and hosted on GitHub. You can directly help the scientific cloud computing community by contributing to the open source OSDC software stack.

Apply for Compute and Storage

Fill out a short proposal for an OSDC resource allocation. Allocations start at 16 dedicated cores and 1TB of storage, but scale depending on the project needs and level of organizational partnership.


Partner with us and add your own racks to the OSDC (we will manage them for you). Organizations can also join the Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) which is made up of working groups, including the OSDC.

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact us at info@opencloudconsortium.org.