ITS Connects Researchers to Computing Resources with New Website
Information Technology Services (ITS) recently launched a new website focused on the computing systems and services available to the research community at the University. ResearchComputing.syr.edu provides a technical overview of the variety of computing resources available to researchers from all disciplines and helps researchers understand how they can best take advantage of those resources.
“Researchers can each explore the site to find out how they might use these systems and services in their work,” says Sam Scozzafava, interim chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology Services. “They’ll come away with a better picture of the underlying technical infrastructure and how research projects from several disciplines have benefited from using the University’s computing assets.”
The site also provides perspective on the University’s three-pronged strategy to foster research computing and help empower research excellence:
- Provide robust research computing resources
- Promote national collaboration and innovation
- Support the SU research community
“The site functions as the ‘front door’ to research computing on campus. It is meant to inform the local research community of available resources, as well as attract distinguished faculty and students to work in fields of study that can take advantage of the University’s resources,” says Eric Sedore, associate chief information officer for Infrastructure Services in ITS. “We are prioritizing two aspects initially: providing a representation of the diverse academic work taking advantage of existing resources; and keeping a steady stream of content flowing through the site, including both technology updates and research highlights.”
Research computing at the University is a collaborative effort between the campus research community and technology groups from across campus. The technology groups include information technology teams from several schools and colleges, as well as support and coordination from ITS, which provides computing infrastructure resources and expertise. These campus-wide resources include:
- OrangeGrid, a 10,000 core High-Throughput Computing environment
- Academic Virtual Hosting Environment (AVHE), a virtual private cloud for researcher use
- Crush, a 5,000 core virtual private cloud for computationally intensive research computing needs
“The site demonstrates that SU’s resources and infrastructure will support traditional areas of research and provide support for a very diverse range of research projects that need access to computing resources,” says Sedore. “Plus, these campus resources are freely available and extremely capable.”
“The new ResearchComputing.syr.edu site will make it easier for faculty and student researchers to find the right computing tools and use them to achieve their goals,” says Scozzafava.
For background, see the Syracuse University News story “Research Computing Gains Momentum at University.”