DotCIO’s research computing team’s mission is to support the computational and IT needs of Rensselaer’s research enterprise encompassing all research needs including Centers, Labs and individual faculty researchers. If you are interested in more information about any of these services please contact, Jay McGlothlin, Manager of Research Computing at email@example.com .
Center / Lab support
Our team provides IT support to research labs under a shared responsibility model. Under this model we support the hardware, OS, and system wide software like Docker or Slurm. Then the research group is responsible for the domain specific applications. We do have experience and offer assistance on many common applications but cannot be experts in all the software available.
This support includes items such as helping new faculty setup their lab environment, consulting on new needs, and installing and operating compute, storage, high speed networking and lab instruments.
High Performance Computing
We operate the Center for Computational Innovations 2 super computers. These Linux systems are designed to handle traditional HPC as well as AI/ML workloads. They are available for use free of charge to any RPI faculty. Additional information can be found at https://itssc.rpi.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360026769971-High-Performance-Computing-at-CCI.
Medium Performance Computing
We can assist with needs for computation that require more than a normal desktop or laptop but do not fit well into traditional HPC environment. Some examples include applications that may require powerful CPU, 32-64 GB of ram, and possible a GPU. In many cases these applications are run interactively on Windows or Linux. These tend to be work loads that cannot use MPI or other scale out technology or don’t work well being run by a job scheduler. Available options range from purchasing dedicated hardware to using virtualized workstations on shared platforms.
We operate a virtualization cluster where labs can run workloads on shared or dedicated servers. Most non computationally intensive needs such a web servers, or development machines are available free of charge on the share systems.
Work with you to specify and procure computer, network or storage equipment for research purposes.
Isolated Lab networks
Research Computing and the networking group can provide secure isolated networks, and associated services to protect lab instruments from the general campus network.
If your center or lab needs additional IT assistance beyond what we generally provide we can work with you to manage a partial or dedicated resource. The manager of research computing will work with you to identify your needs, secure funding and assist with recruiting. The staff member will then work as part of the research computing team focused specifically on your needs.
Other services include
Server or rack hosting in our data center
Storage, compute, or hypervisor server management
Instrument usage tracking
Lab instrument imaging
Electronic Notebook service
Version control services with GitHub
Remote access gateway