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Atmosphere is iPlant's cloud service that lets you launch your own isolated virtual working environment and software. Use Atmosphere's web interface to get computing resources, such as iPlant-provided software suites, in a virtual machine (VM). If you want to publish your own software suites, you can create your own work environment in Atmosphere and run your own software for community use. You can use Atmosphere as a gateway to access the iPlant's core infrastructure resources, including high performance computing (HPC), grid computing environments, and the iPlant Data Store.

Atmosphere provides easy access to three levels of service to match your needs and compute skills:

  1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), with advanced APIs,
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS), for developing and deploying software to the science community, and
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS), with preconfigured, frequently used analysis routines, relevant algorithms, and datasets as a software service in an on-demand environment designed to accommodate computationally and data-intense bioinformatics tasks.


  • An intuitive self-service portal for finding and using tools
  • Easy management of virtual machines
  • An API service for integrating with existing infrastructure components
  • Virtual machine images preconfigured for scientific computations in domain-specific tasks
  • Ability to manage user resources and user resource quota
  • Statistical reporting for total CPU hours, memory usages, total instances and applications launched by users. Also statistical methods for each instances/applications (listing favorite application, etc.)
  • Resource scheduling and cloud monitoring
  • On-demand intelligent resource allocator
  • A preconfigured application catalog for tool users

Development Team:

Name Role Institution
Edwin Skidmore Lead; Director, Cyberinfrastructure University of Arizona
J. Matt Peterson Software Engineer University of Arizona
Steven Gregory Software Engineer University of Arizona
Jason Hansen Software Engineer University of Arizona
Christopher LaRose Student Programmer University of Arizona
Andy Edmonds Systems Administrator University of Arizona
Sangeeta Kuchimanchi Infrastructure Services Integrator University of Arizona
Jerry Schneider QA Manager University of Arizona
Rob Bovill Performance Test Engineer University of Arizona
Victor Cordero Performance Test Engineer University of Arizona
Kathleen Kennedy Documentation Coordinator/QA Analyst University of Arizona