Nimbus is an EC2 implementation to provide compute cycles in the cloud for scientific communities. Nimbus is an open source toolkit that allows you to turn your cluster into an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud. NImbus provides:
- Two sets of Web Service interfaces: Amazon EC2 WSDLs and Grid community WSRF
- Implementation based on the Xen hypervisor (KVM coming soon)
- Can be configured to use familiar schedulers like PBS or SGE to schedule virtual machines
- Launches self-configuring virtual clusters with one click
The Nimbus cloud client allows you to provision customized compute nodes (that they call “workspaces”) that you have full control over using a leasing model based on the Amazon’s EC2 service.