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ScienceCloud empowers you to provision a dedicated and customized research infrastructure to run large-scale analysis.

  • Multi-purpose computing and storage service for research
  • Targeted to address very flexible and diverse types of computational research
  • IaaS-type of service based on
    - OpenStack cloud management software and
    - Ceph storage platform
  • Provides access to CPUs and GPUs
  • Individual virtual machines managed by users

The driving principle behind the platform is to allow you to easily adapt your infrastucture to the changing requirements of your research in a very flexible way. This can be done on level of individual machines using the mechanisms provided by the operating system of your choice, or on the level of your group's account using ScienceCloud's self-service portal.

Support & training

The ScienceCloud service is accompanied by support from Science IT experts, removing not only the overhead of setting up your local hardware systems, but also providing you access to new skills and expertise.

For help in using the ScienceCloud contact Science IT.

For introductory courses see Trainings.

How to get access

If your group already has a Science IT Computing Services agreement in place:

  • Contact your supervisor to learn who is the technical contact within your group
  • The technial contact will then initiate your access

If your group is starting to use Science IT Computing services:

Terms and conditions

  • Framework agreement covering all Science IT Computing Services
  • Pay-per-use cost contribution model
  • Usage within limits of regulations related to use of IT at UZH
  • Access to computing services restricted to UZH researchers
  • More details (incl. costs & FAQs) are available in the UZH Intranet