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Cirrus Cluster

A batteries-include MapReduce environment for academics, engineers, and researchers.

What does it do?

Cirrus makes it easier to perform large-scale computation and data analysis tasks using the MapReduce framework. While MapReduce is widely used in industry, the high cost and complexity of accessing a MapReduce infrastructure make it impractical for many potential users. Cirrus Cluster is a python library and set of command line tools that automates the complex processes of provisioning, launching, configuring, and monitoring a custom MapR hadoop cluster. Cirrus aims to be a batteries-include tool to support a MapReduce workflow tailored for the needs of engineers and researchers who don't have a full-time IT support staff to manage the cluster.

How does it work?

Cirrus Cluster creates a computing environment on Amazon's EC2 cloud with all the required software installed and ready to use. This environment consists of two elements: the workstation and the cluster. You connect to the workstation from your local machine. From the workstation, you can prepare your datasets test your code and eventually launch a cluster to run a complex processing pipeline on your datasets.


Cirrus Cluster Computing Environment

workstation:A persistent remote workstation setup for you in the AWS cloud.
cluster:A temporary cluster setup for you in the AWS cloud on-demand.

How much does it cost?

Cirrus Cluster is open source software and free to use and improve. However, you pay amazon for whatever resources you use. Roughly $1 per day to run the workstation and $6 per hour to run a typical cluster. See the :ref:`estimating costs <costs>` section for details.


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