Creating Tailored Research Computing Environments

Project Status

In progress

Project Description:

The cloud (public and private) provides an array of virtual machines, available with a range of cores, RAM and specialized hardware. Research faculty at small and medium-size institutions have a variety of requirements for computing and data resources, but need to be efficient in their use of these resources. Three current best practices (Terraform, Docker, AWS S3) are an integrated toolset able to provision compute/data resources and configure compute/data services in a customizable and efficient manner. The primary objective of the Tailored Research Environments (directed study) project is to create a web-based product that enables its user to run R, Python and Spark code in Jupyter notebooks on a user configured computer environment. Importantly, the user's notebooks (code) and datasets are stored separately from the computing environment. In addition, compute resources (of this environment) can be added and removed as needed, which will significantly reduce the overall cost of using the product.

Student Research Computing Facilitator Profile

The student profile should include: - Command line skills on Linux - An understanding of IP addresses and ports - Ability to debug and investigate in an unfamiliar environment

Project Owner

David Oury

Project Institution

Bentley University

Anchor Institution


Project Address

175 Forest Street
Waltham, 02452