SOURCE: Joyent


December 15, 2011 10:00 ET

Joyent Announces Academic Program for Educators, Researchers and Students

Joyent Connects the Academic Community With Open Source System Software and Support to Run Modern Compute Centers That Enable Richer Research and Development

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 15, 2011) - Joyent, the global provider of cloud computing software and services, today announced the launch of its Academic Program, giving academic and research organizations free access to the most modern computing infrastructure available for teaching and research projects that require intensive compute capacity and performance. Educators, researchers and students worldwide can leverage Joyent's cloud infrastructure software to teach advanced courses, conquer large compute research initiatives and explore new, challenging projects.

Organizations that participate in the Joyent Academic Program will gain access to Joyent's SmartDataCenter, the cloud infrastructure platform that runs Joyent Cloud and numerous other global private and public clouds.

"With growing demand for complex research in labs around the world, we believe academic and research institutions need a more modern and powerful alternative to existing computing infrastructures," said Jason Hoffman, founder and CTO of Joyent. "SmartDataCenter with SmartOS and Node.js will help them meet the challenge."

SmartDataCenter includes SmartOS, the operating system developed and optimized over six years by Joyent that includes highly efficient use of hardware through operating system virtualization, native security, and Node.js, the rapidly emerging server-side Javascript language and runtime that is making machine-to-machine and big data computing more efficient than ever before.

Joyent's Academic Program addresses three groups:

For Institutions
Joyent will make SmartDataCenter and infrastructure designs freely available to qualified academic and research organizations. Joyent will also allow these academic compute environments to be used for unrestricted commercial offerings targeting the academic and research communities.

For Academic Researchers
Academic researchers need to accelerate research and study in fields that require massive compute power. The Joyent Academic Program offers research grants and funded student and post-doc positions that use SmartOS, Node.js and SmartDataCenter. Grants and funding are available in the areas of "empirical" computer science, instrumentation, telemetry and data harvesting, data mining, SML, workload analysis and metrics, algorithm refinement and development, and data governance and security.

For Professors
Joyent will offer teaching grants for courses and course development that use SmartOS, Node.js and SmartDataCenter, with particular interest in operating system, instrumentation and "empirical" computer science programs.

To learn more about the Academic Program, please visit

About Joyent
Joyent is a global cloud computing software and service provider that offers an integrated technology suite designed for service providers, enterprises, and developers. delivers public cloud services to some of the most innovative companies in the world, including LinkedIn, Gilt Groupe and Kabam. Joyent licenses its cloud software to service providers that include Dell, FirstServer, XYBase, ClusterTech and Uniserve. Joyent offerings also include Platform-as-a-Service based on Node.js, the open source server-side JavaScript development environment that has been embraced by enterprises around the world, such as Microsoft. Joyent is also the key contributor to and sponsor of Joyent SmartOS, an open source project dedicated to the complete, modern operating system. A global ecosystem of leading technology partners assists Joyent in enabling customers to leverage the performance, scalability, reliability and security inherent in the company's cloud solutions. For more information, visit

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