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Owl Research Infrastructure Open Nebula (ORION) VM Pool on Rice Campus is, in essence, a linux virtual machine farm.

ORION offerings are comprised of:

  • Virtual Machines of various Linux OS' and software packages. Please check our catalog for our offerings via the ORION web interface once you've been given access.

We offer the following Virtual Machine support levels:

  1. Full admin: An IT Systems Administrator takes full responsibility for systems administration of the VM.
  2. Customer admin: IT assumes no responsibility for stability of the operating system.

To obtain access to ORION please apply for access as you would for any other CRC computational resource and select ORION as that resource. Once your account has been approved by your sponsor you can access login via your web browser either on campus or via VPN and connect to: The web interface is not accessible directly from the Internet.

Please note we are available for discussions if our current offerings don't meet your needs. We may be able to accommodate you. Please contact us via ticket and reference ORION.


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