Using cloud-like virtualization, Radiant gives researchers a flexible and scalable computing solution with an important twist. Unlike traditional cloud architectures, Radiant keeps everything on-site at the National Supercomputing Center Application (NCSA) campus.
Researchers can create virtual machines as small as 1 vCPU with 2GB RAM, and the system allows individuals to max out at 32 vCPUs and 64GB RAM. Every project is also encapsulated so other Radiant system users cannot see, access, or disrupt machines that are not a part of their specific project. By giving users the versatility of working with a single virtual machine, or many small ones, Radiant provides the flexibility of the cloud with the reassurance of on-site resources.
Radiant provides a secure, reliable platform for supporting research communities and their particular needs for data storage and access to computational research resources. NCSA security and networking staff work closely with system administrators and project managers to ensure Radiant offers a system that meets the security and performance requirements of open-science researchers while limiting accessibility friction. Radiant provides advanced facilities for storing and moving data securely – with zero egress or transaction fees.