Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Sagemath Cloud: a minute "elevator description"
The Sagemath Cloud combines open source technology that has come out of cloud computing and mathematical software (e.g., web-based Sage and IPython worksheets) to make online mathematical computation easily accessible. People can collaboratively use mathematical software, author
documents, use a full
command line terminal, and edit complicated computer programs,
all using a standard web browser with no special plugins.
The core design goals of the site are collaboration and
very high reliability, with
data mirrored between multiple data centers. The current dedicated infrastructure
should handle over a thousand simultaneous active users,
and the plan is to scale up to tens of thousands of users as demand grows
(about 100 users sign up each day right now).
Most open source mathematical software is pre-installed,
and users can also install their own copies of proprietary software,
There are currently around 1000 users on the site each day from
all over the world.
The Sagemath Cloud is under very active development,
and there is an ongoing commercialization effort through University of Washington,
motivated by many users who have requested more compute power, disk space, or the option to host their own install of the site.
Also, though the main focus is on mathematics, the website has also been
useful to people in technical areas outside mathematics that