The GEMS Platform

The GEMS Platform

The GEMS Platform is a secure web-based platform for exploring, sharing, and analyzing data, workflows, and analysis results. A subscription is required to access all GEMS subscriber features, functionality, and tools. GEMS users can transfer data in and out of GEMS using Globus transfer tools.


GEMS makes use of virtualized storage and compute components located at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Access to GEMS is available to anyone with a freely available Globus ID.  After you have a Globus ID and a GEMS subscription, you can connect to GEMS here:


Access to GEMS is granted by subscription fee paid on an annual basis. Prices are subject to change with the University's fiscal year, and subscriptions automatically renew.



A breakdown of the FY22 costs for GEMS services is as follows:





Professional Enterprise

Internal Cost


$2,163.84 $2,676.12 $3,188.40
External Cost $4,797 $6,390 $7,983 $9,576



  • 10 users

  • 4 concurrent sessions

  • 8 vCPUs

  • 2 TB home dir storage

  • 2 TB reg data storage

  • 9 hr tech support


  • 20 users

  • 8 concurrent sessions

  • 16 vCPUs

  • 3 TB home dir storage

  • 4 TB reg data storage

  • 10 hr tech support


  • 30 users

  • 12 concurrent sessions

  • 24 vCPUs

  • 4 TB home dir storage

  • 6 TB reg data storage

  • 11 hr tech support

  • 40 users

  • 16 concurrent sessions

  • 32 vCPUs

  • 5 TB home dir storage

  • 8 TB reg data storage

  • 12 hr tech support


Additional Notes

vCPUs oversubscribe the physical hardware 4:1 (i.e., 2x oversubscription * 2x hyperthreads per core). Some applications benefit from hyperthreading, but many do not; more than 28 vCPUs per virtual machine is guaranteed to leverage hyperthreading. 



Contact the MSI helpdesk to enroll today:



Documentation and Frequently Asked Questions about GEMS can be found here



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