RONIN - Access AWS

RONIN is a user-friendly web based management dashboard that provides a conduit between University researchers and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing and storage capabilities. 

RONIN allows researchers to leverage the full complexity and power of AWS cloud based computing, without facing a steep learning curve.

While RONIN provides additional flexibility for different research scenarios, this does come at a cost. Our onsite Phoenix HPC environment remains the most cost effective option, and is the preferred HPC option where possible.

RONIN and AWS are not replacing Phoenix, the University’s existing high performance compute cluster. Using RONIN and AWS is an option that researchers can consider in addition to using Phoenix and custom workstations.

Using RONIN, researchers can create and manage machines with their choice of operating system and hardware, from small servers to high performance compute clusters. There is no wait for wall-time, there is no queuing or sharing of resources as researchers directly create their own auto-scaling cluster and shut it down when done. RONIN clearly shows how much an individual machine or the project will cost and offers spot market bids for the compute nodes helping to greatly reduce costs.

The RONIN web application and AWS provides researchers with a competitive capability to:

  • Access a vast pool of compute resources.
  • Launch their own specific complex compute and/or storage resources quickly.
  • Provide an on demand environment for compute tasks
  • Scale up compute needs to meet the needs of larger research challenges
  • Adapt to the changing needs of the researchers
  • Monitor and manage cloud compute costs proactively.
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  • Who can use RONIN?

    Academic Staff

    RONIN access is designed for Researchers to conduct approved University of Adelaide research data processing. It is a quality solution for research that can not be conducted within Phoenix. There is a cost to each user that uses RONIN.

    HDR Students

    Higher Degree Research Students can utilise RONIN under the approval and supervision of their supervisor, as there are costs to use this service.

    Teaching Purposes (students)

    There may be situations where a Undergraduate student may need to use RONIN for their university learning. This would need to be approved by the faculty finance team prior to access being granted as there would need to be supervision and costs covered for the usage.

  • Who is responsible for RONIN?

    There are multiple layers of responsiblity for RONIN.

    Users of RONIN

    When you agree to use RONIN you will need ensure your use and anyone else in your workgroup uses it for University of Adelaide purposes. All users of RONIN are responsible for monitoring your own usage and removing data when you are finished, as both of these ontinue to incure costs regardless of if you are actively using it or not.

    If you are new to RONIN you may want to arrange a time with the HPC specialists within the university. You can arrange this through the ITDS Service Desk.

    Email: ITDS Service Desk servicedesk@adelaide.edu.au

    Tel: +61 8 8313 3000  

    Business Owner

    For governance, approvals, investment in or feedback on Phoenix, please contact the Division of Research and Innovation.

    Service Owner

    If you are having issues with the technology infrastructure of RONIN, eg if it is not working, you can contact the ITDS Service Desk. You can also visit the RONIN webpage for further information.

  • Features and benefits

    RONIN is specifically designed for researchers to easily access the scale and flexibility of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platforms without having highly specialised computing and technical skills. Using RONIN, researchers launch their own specific complex compute and/or storage resources within minutes, not months. There is no wait for wall-time, there is no queuing or sharing of the resource as they create their own auto-scaling cluster and shut it down when they are done.

    RONIN provides researchers with:

    • The ability to easily unlock and access the scale and flexibility of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platforms without needing to have highly specialised computing and technical skills.
    • The ability to accelerate the pace of computational research as it is an on demand environment and releases them from having to wait in the Phoenix queue particularly when there are tight deadlines – however this does come at additional cost..
    • A readily accessible test environment without the need to purchase or wait for the availability of additional shared hardware (High spec workstations).
    • The ability to optimise and review compute jobs prior to submitting them for processing on Phoenix or AWS.
    • Access to a compute environment for researchers whose job size may exceed Phoenix limitations.
    • Access to additional cloud web services and computational research tools, whilst facilitating external collaboration.
    • Tools with the capability to manage spend preventing potential bill shock.

    RONIN is ideal for running jobs that are transient and short term in nature. In particular, researchers who:

    • Need to process complex data or perform simulations in short timeframes.
    • Have data processing or simulation needs which vary significantly over time.
    • Need an environment to experiment, fine-tune and test their code.
    • Have specific hardware requirements for their data processing and simulation software not catered for on premise.
    • Want to increase and decrease (right-size) your storage and compute platforms as required.
    • Need to know how much storage costs.
    • Want to select to use and pay for AWS machines only when needed.
    • Want to closely manage the financial costs of their computational research.

    RONIN is one of a number of different research computing options available to researchers at the University. Before registering for RONIN you may want to look at the High Performance Compute Options page to assist you in selecting the most appropriate compute option for your research. 

  • Technical details

    To find out more about RONIN and the technical details visit their website https://ronin.cloud/.

    The RONIN web application is a conduit between University researchers and Amazon Web Services cloud computing and storage capabilities. The application makes it easier to use cloud computing and storage capabilities to process your data, providing a simple dashboard through which you can create and manage machines with your choice of operating system and hardware, from small servers to high performance compute clusters.

    RONIN makes visible, in US dollars, the current and future costs to researchers who use AWS. This means that you know how much your storage costs. This visibility enables you make decisions about your data storage. You can use and pay for AWS machines only when you need them and can increase and decrease (right-size) your storage and compute platforms as required.

  • How much does it cost?

    Licensing costs for RONIN are covered centrally by the Division of Research and Innovation. However, costs for all AWS services used within Ronin are charged back to research projects each month.

    Services are charged at standard AWS rates. RONIN clearly displays the cost of the services you are using and provides tools to allow you to track and manage this. Note that all costs displayed within RONIN are in US dollars.

    When setting up your project in RONIN, you will be asked to confirm the budget you have available and the codes to charge costs back to.

  • How can I get access to RONIN?

    If you believe that Ronin is the best option for you to run your approved University research compute, you need to seek the following information from the lead researcher to setup or access a RONIN project. Please provide these details by email to the servicedesk@adelaide.edu.au.

    The details you need to provide in your request are:

    • Project/Group name
    • Project/Group description
    • Name of the researcher responsible for the project code
    • Project/Group members:
      • First and last name
      • Email address
    • Project Code (dept. id XXX, proj. id XXXXXXXX)
    • RONIN Project Budget (this is to set usage alerts, and can be adjusted on request)

    You may need to allow a week to work through the process of obtaining an account in RONIN. If you have submitted an application for access to RONIN and have not received confirmation after one week, or for any other support, please contact the ITDS Service Desk servicedesk@adelaide.edu.au or Tel: +61 8 8313 3000.

  • Additional support

    RONIN

    You can learn more about RONIN at https://ronin.cloud . For additional support, Ronin has set up a worldwide Ronin community https://blog.ronin.cloud/ronin-q-and-a-community/ where you can connect with other Ronin users on a Q&A platform.

    There is also a very useful blog (https://blog.ronin.cloud/) providing guides and support for using the application.

    ITDS Service Desk

    The HPC experts in ITDS can provide some basic level support in the use of RONIN. They can be contacted through the ITDS Service Desk:

    Email: ITDS Service Desk servicedesk@adelaide.edu.au

    Tel: +61 8 8313 3000

    Technical Support for major incidents is available 24/7

    Other technical support is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm