Cloud Analytics Infrastructure

Note: If you already have a Eureka v1 instance, please proceed to the Eureka User Documentation for steps on how to connect to your instance.

Eureka Overview

Eureka is an analytic infrastructure service provided by Health Data Compass to quickly provision virtual machines on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for data scientists and developers within the Compass partnership. While generic virtual machines (VMs) are easy for an individual to deploy themselves directly on GCP or any public cloud provider, Eureka virtual machines are unique in the following ways:

HIPAA Compliance

Eureka VMs are preconfigured to meet the HIPAA security and compliance standards of Health Data Compass and its partners (CU Denver, CU Medicine, UCHealth, and Children's Hospital Colorado). Therefore, they are pre-approved for storage and processing of protected health information (PHI) from these organizations. These standards extend far beyond typical security controls on virtual machines.

Scalability & Affordability

Eureka VMs can be scaled to be just the right size for the workload at hand. Costs scale up and down accordingly, and are charged primarily based on the amount of time a system is running. If you switch your VMs off in the evenings or weekends, you'll only pay for storage during those times, not for compute power. See the Eureka Cost Estimator.

Each Eureka v2 instance comes with a unique GCP project that includes:

Preinstalled Applications

Each Eureka environment is preinstalled with the following default suite of analytical tools and applications:

  • Ant - Java application build tool
  • Apache HTTP Server - Web server
  • Apache Maven - Build automation tool
  • Apache Tomcat - Web application platform
  • Atom Text Editor - Code editor
  • Dbeaver - Database management tool
  • Docker - Application container manager
  • Eclipse Oxygen - Software development IDE
  • GCSFuse - Utility to mount GCS buckets to local filesystem
  • GNU Make - Code compilation manager
  • GNU Octave - Statistical analysis toolkit
  • Google Cloud SDK -Utilities to access & manage Google Cloud Platform resources
  • Java - Programming language
  • Keras - Machine Learning toolkit
  • LaTeX - Document prep system for typesetting in CLI
  • LibreOffice - Office productivity suite
  • Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit - Machine Learning toolkit
  • Neo4j - Graph database service
  • Pandas - Machine Learning toolkit
  • pgAdmin3 - Administrative tool for PostgreSQL
  • PostgreSQL - Database server
  • PyCharm - Python IDE
  • R - Statistical analysis toolkit
  • R Studio - Desktop-based IDE for R
  • R Studio Server - Browser-based IDE for R
  • SAS 9.4* - Statistical analysis software**
  • Standard Linux Dev Tools - Default packages installed from yum groupinstall "development tools"
  • TensorFlow - Machine Learning toolkit
  • Texmaker - LaTeX editor with a user interface
  • Valgrind - Debugging/memory management tool
  • Visual Studio Code - Code editor
*Installed only at User request**Requires Users to have their own software license

The following repositories are available on Eureka App VMs:

  • CRAN repository mirror: Synced daily
  • Bioconductor repository mirror: Synced daily

Data Access

Eureka accommodates users who have their own datasets (PHI or deidentified) by providing secure, HIPAA-compliant upload mechanisms. Users can also request data from Compass and have it delivered as a dataset on your Google BigQuery project in Eureka. Lastly, users have access to the latest publicly available datasets Google has provided on Google BigQuery. These datasets include Medicare, genomics, weather data, and more. (See the latest list here.)‚Äč


Users pay for their actual Eureka costs on a monthly basis. Payment is set up at the time of creation for each of your Eureka instances. Changes to your payment method can be made by contacting Compass directly here.

You can track your Google Cloud usage on the Google Billing Console (from within your Eureka instance) or you can request an update on your usage from Compass here.

Getting Started

The process for getting your Eureka Platform instance created is simple and straight forward.

  1. Sign the Eureka User Agreement & Terms & Conditions of Service (EUATCS). Read the short agreement before signing, there are important details about Eureka that are very relevant to you before you start.
  2. You will need to specify your Eureka instance (CPUs, RAM, storage, and number of VMs needed) using the Eureka Price Estimator. Send a screen shot of your final configurations to your Compass Representative who will then get your Eureka project created. If you require an application listed above with an (*), send that request in the same email. Also send along the University SpeedType number that your Eureka charges should be billed to.
  3. After Compass receives your completed and signed EUATCS we will create your Compass Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account, if you don't already have one.
  4. Once your Eureka instance has been created, you will get a confirmation email along with further instructions for accessing and using your Eureka!

If you get stuck or lost along the way, reach out to Compass for assistance here.