Galaxy on Jetstream Cloud

April 7th 2016

Want your own Galaxy server, for free? You can now easily create Galaxy servers on the new NSF Jetstream cloud. Each server comes preconfigured with hundreds of tools and commonly used reference datasets. It only takes a couple of minutes to start one. Once running, you can use it or change it up any way you like.

How do I get access?

You must be a US-based academic to access Jetstream cloud. Access is free but it is necessary to have an XSEDE account (go to https://www.xsede.org/ to sign up) and have an active resource allocation. Getting the resource allocation is matter of writing a summary of your research in less than 100 words and waiting ~24 hrs for the application to get approved. Go to http://jetstream-cloud.org/allocations.php → "Submit and manage allocation requests" to get started; choose Startup type of allocation.

How do I launch my own Galaxy server?

After you have your XSEDE account and an active allocation:

  1. Visit https://use.jetstream-cloud.org/
  2. Browse the available images and choose "Galaxy Standalone"
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen to launch an instance
  4. In less than 5 minutes, you should have your own, fully configured Galaxy server

More documentation about the process can be found on Galaxy’s wiki: https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/Cloud/Jetstream