The SMCE runs on Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure Clouds

Welcome to the SMCE

The Science Managed Cloud Environment (SMCE) provides quick access to the cloud, with low barriers to access. Principal Investigators (PIs) and their delegates get direct access to Amazon’s AWS and/or Microsoft’s Azure consoles for their cloud offering development, or the SMCE can deploy an Open Science Studio (OSS), which is a robust, scalable JupyterHub environment. The SMCE can also provide a Public OSS designed and constrained for open public access. The cloud environment is currently available in either Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure Public Cloud offerings, and SMCE plans to continue to expand access to other commercial clouds. If you need some help in getting started with servers, storage, or clusters, the SMCE is also there to aid you and to right size these efforts.

Existing Projects in the SMCE


Astrobiology Habitable Environments Database (AHED) Repository for Astrobiology Datasets AHED is a new data system…


Astrogeo Searchable Database Astregeo VLBI FITS image database Searchable database with 116,118 brightness distributions of 17980 compact radio…

Picture from ICESAT-2 Launch

How Do I Get Started

The SMCE is a project-based offering. All projects must be NASA funded, which does include ROSES grant funding. Such Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in establishing a project within the SMCE should send an email to the SMCE Team. Once a request has been received, the SMCE Management and User Liaison will reach out to the PI to discuss requirements, solutions, and develop an initial cost estimate. You can also get cost estimates for your NASA sponsored research proposals. It typically takes less than a week from initial contact to starting to work in the cloud. 

Who Can Access the SMCE?

The SMCE is FISMA Low (Federal Information Security Modernization Act, Low Risk) compliant. This enables project PIs to have complete control over who is allowed to join their project and each user’s access level. Projects are required to provide a Project System Administrator responsible for maintaining the systems of the project. The SMCE team can provide support for certain activities in the cloud, however, this needs to be discussed with the PI prior to obtaining access.

Picture from JWST Deep Universe