If you Google

site:edu “openstack”


site:ac.uk “openstack”


site:edu.au “openstack”

these are currently the most interesting results I could see:

MIT’s Computer Science and Artifical Intelligence Laboratory seem to be active in running their own cloud. 768 cores and 3TB of RAM. Not bad!

Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science also have their own cloud. They seem to have two installations running at the moment, one being deployed via Puppet.

The University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (part of the School of Engineering) have a research group that are “interested in extending OpenStack as a platform for academic research in cloud computing.”

The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering are running OpenStack on their HPC cluster.

The Engineering Task Force, part of the UK’s e-science programme, undertook an evaluation of OpenStack last year. It’s a year old now and things have moved on, but it’s still worth a read. They conclude that OpenStack “is a mature, well-backed software for implementing an Infrastructure as a Service Cloud. The set of features and multicomponent architecture allows many different deployment scenarios to be developed addressing differing needs for scale, availability and reliability.”

St Andrews have a research group that uses OpenStack. They aim “to become an international centre of excellence for research and teaching in cloud computing and will provide advice and information to businesses interested in using cloud-based services.” It’s good to see OpenStack being integrated into teaching and they’ve also run some related HackDays, too.

The University of Surrey’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences have an OpenStack cloud that’s also used in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, as well as supporting research projects. Surrey’s setup and objectives seem to be similar to what we currently have in mind for Lincoln.

Australia’s nationally funded NeCTAR service offer cloud computing facilities that are accessible to researchers across the country.

Eduserv are also considering whether to offer OpenStack as part of their cloud computing service. One nice thing about this, compared to other commercial offerings, is that it would run on the JANET backbone.

It’s early days but it’s good to see that it’s being adopted in academia – noticeably so in the discipline of Engineering. If you know of other uses of OpenStack in higher education, please leave a comment. Also, we’ve created a public mailing list, specifically for the discussion of using OpenStack for teaching, learning and research. Feel free to join and let us know what you’re doing with it. We’re just getting started!

Edit 07/09/12: Nice to see that CERN are using OpenStack, too :-)