The Interactive Data Analytics Service (IDAS) is a high-performance computing (HPC) resource that supports large-scale and collaborative data analytics workflows involving RStudio for R and Jupyter Notebook for Python (but not limited to Python). IDAS features its own HPC and graphics processing units (GPUs) and allows users to perform interactive data analysis tasks with applications used for machine learning and other artificial intelligence workflows.
While RStudio for classroom use is available, RStudio commercial licensing terms changed and pricing increased midstream as IDAS was being developed. Therefore, until a more affordable and dynamic license distribution method is available, we will proceed with the free RStudio classroom license. In the future, a remote desktop feature will be added. Users will also be able to access to the additional power of Iowa’s Argon computing environment, and purchase commercially-available cloud compute cycles.