Congratulations are in order to the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) and its Director, David Lifka, with the recent unveiling of the Red Cloud on-demand research computing program. Red Cloud provides access to CAC’s high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to other research and academic institutions through a subscription-based service.

Red Cloud is exciting because the program allows more researchers and students access to the HPC resources at Cornell. Greater access equates to the potential of more scientific discoveries.

I’m proud Dell is a part of this program, as Red Cloud services utilize Dell HPC Solutions, running on Dell PowerEdge servers. It falls in line with our commitment to the HPC Community, as well as helping prepare the next generation of HPC Professionals as we believe this program has the potential to impact students as well.

Details of the program can be found at the Red Cloud website.

Red CloudCornell Launches Red Cloud

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) announced today the launch of Red Cloud, an on-demand research computing service available by subscription. Two Red Cloud services are available. The basic offering, called “Red Cloud,” is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that runs Eucalyptus, the open source cloud computing platform. Subscribers have root access to virtual servers and virtual disks.
The second offering, “Red Cloud with MATLAB,” is a Software as a Service (SaaS) that runs MATLAB Distributed Computing Server and features NVIDIA GPUs. Subscribers program applications on their desktops using their licensed copy of Parallel Computing Toolbox™ and then scale up to Red Cloud with MATLAB using MATLAB Distributed Computing Server.
Deployed by CAC as a flexible computing and data analysis resource for Cornell University researchers and their collaborators, Red Cloud services are now available to researchers at other academic institutions. Red Cloud subscriptions provide fast access to data via 10Gb Ethernet in and out of the cloud at no additional charge. Subscriptions also include 50GB of storage. These features appeal to researchers who work with data-driven applications.
“Cloud computing has the potential to advance U.S. research discoveries and better prepare students for STEM careers by making computing, software, and data resources more readily available at an economy of scale,” concluded CAC director David A. Lifka.
To learn more about Red Cloud, visit
Red Cloud services run on Dell PowerEdge C servers.
Industry may access Red Cloud as an IaaS through the center’s corporate program.

David Lifka, Cornell University Center for Advanced ComputingDr. David Lifka Biographical Sketch
David is the Director of the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing and Director of Research Computing at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a HPC industry veteran with over twenty years experience in management and technology leadership positions at Cornell and Argonne National Laboratory. His areas of expertise include parallel job scheduling and resource management systems, data management, high throughput systems, Web services, and cloud computing. Lifka has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and serves on a number of academic and corporate advisory boards. His scheduling technologies have been commercially licensed by industry and he has received a ComputerWorld/Smithsonian award for innovations in IT. Most recently, Lifka was named Architecture and Design Coordinator for the NSF XSEDE program which will be replacing and enhancing the former TeraGrid program.