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Cloud services are spreading rapidly both for academic and business use. The reason for their popularity lies in the fact that cloud computing is scalable and flexible, enabling users to utilize it in varying fields and at different scales. ELKH aimed to conform to these new trends and to face the challenges of such an endeavor by providing support for a science cloud service, made possible by the joint efforts of SZTAKI and WIGNER FK Data center. Our purpose is to provide easily accessible and high performance computing capacity on demand, which is essential for the implementation of research projects.

What the ELKH Cloud is for?

There are 3 types of services in Cloud systems: infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS). ELKH Cloud provides an infrastructure service (IaaS) for its users, but this may serve as a basis for possible extensions to PaaS or SaaS services. Using the ELKH Cloud service enables researchers to use an IaaS cloud service that is dynamically adjustable, so that its size and type fits perfectly with their projects ongoing at the time, without having to go through complicated procurement and deployment procedures. These infrastructures range from the simple desktop machines (e.g. MS Windows, Linux) to HPC clusters (e.g. SLURM); the flexibility of ELKH Cloud makes both, and anything in-between, possible.

The types of reference architectures are listed in our digital repository, from which the user may choose through a simple graphical user interface. Before initializing the deployment of such infrastructure within the ELKH Cloud, the user may adjust its size and properties.

The ELKH Cloud also provides large storage capacity for the temporary storage of scientific data, while the applications running on the infrastructure. The secure storage of the data is ensured by OpenStack Cloud middleware.

How long since the ELKH Cloud came online?

The MTA Cloud research infrastructure (the predecessor of the ELKH Cloud) was launched officially on the 1st of October 2016 by the support of Hungarian Academy Sciences. The infrastructure has been developed further since Q3/2020 by the support ELKH under its new name, ELKH Cloud.

For further information

Users who wish to get more information about the potential uses of the ELKH Cloud, or would like to help us by providing their feedback, may reach our developers and operators by email: info@science-cloud.hu