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Community of experts, project collaboration and other updates on the FlyElephant platform


The FlyElephant team is happy to announce the release of the platform FlyElephant 2.0, with following updates: internal expert community, collaboration on projects, public tasks, Docker and Jupyter support, a new file storage system and work with HPC clusters.

FlyElephant is a platform for data scientists, engineers and scientists, which provides a ready-computing infrastructure for high-performance computing and rendering. It helps to find partners to work together on projects, as well as it can manage all resources from one place. The platform consists of 3 main parts:

  • Compute. A quick access to a cloud computing cluster or to a HPC cluster with the necessary software, as well as a calculation automation.
  • Collaborate. Working together on projects and an expert community, where you can find partners to solve a task or to get expert advice.
  • Manage. License management, software, computing resources, templates, algorithms, data and results in one place.

Among the innovations we would like to mention the following:

  • Expert Community
    We began to develop the internal community of experts. Now you can post your profile in the catalog, add your colleagues as friends, share tasks and results. You will receive bonus computational hours for your activity within the community. 
  • Working together on projects
    You can create public and private projects, invite colleagues to join them and share the calculation results within the projects. Everyone can join a public project and contribute to its solution. 
  • Public tasks
    Users can publish and share their tasks and results. All public tasks of a user are available on his profile page. 
  • Docker support
    We implemented the support of Docker containers. Now users can run their calculations even faster using programs from the catalog. In the future, it will be possible to run the users own Docker container inside the platform. 
  • Jupyter support
    We implemented Jupyter support for the interactive work with the code. 
  • VNC support
    For remote access to applications that require a desktop, we’ve implemented the support of VNC. 
  • The new file storage
    We have implemented the new storage on the basis of the ownCloud. Now users can easily synchronize their data between all workstations and repositories. 
  • Work with HPC clusters
    We implemented Slurm support, which allows you to send tasks directly from FlyElephant to the HPC clusters. The first HPC cluster is already added to our catalog. 
  • Registration via various social networks
    The registration has become even easier and faster. 
  • Slack community
    Join the FlyElephant user community: http://slack.flyelephant.net/ and our HPC community: http://hpc.community/.

We invite you to try the new functionality and to attend our next webinar “FlyElephant 2.0: Update overview” in English or in Russian. If you haven’t joined FlyElephant yet, then register here. After registration, there will be 100 free hours on your account waiting for your work.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions to improve the platform. You can only make it better with YOUR help.

If you are interested in using FlyElephant, we are happy to hold a 30-minute demo presentation about platform for you. Book your time for a demo presentation here.

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