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Research Computing Core (FAS)

Director: Cuff, James, D.Phil

Location: 38 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Core Summary:

Research Computing (RC) facilitates the advancement of complex research by providing leading edge computing services across the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS). RC staff maintain expertise in constantly changing computing technologies, while 'speaking the language' of the FAS researchers, to help them use computing more effectively.

  • Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Personnel/Contact Information:

Director: Cuff, James, D.Phil
Phone: (617) 384-7647

Member: General Inquiries
Phone: (617) 299-9724

Facilities and Equipment:

Location of Core: 38 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Major Equipment:

  • ABySS
  • BayesPhylogenies
  • Cladescan
  • Concaterpillar
  • Gnuplot
  • GNU Science Library
  • GraphViz
  • Migrate
  • MPI Libraries on Odyssey
  • MrBayes
  • Odyssey
  • Omnetpp
  • OpenGL & libGD on Odyssey
  • OpenMP software on Odyssey
  • qchem
  • RAxML
  • Visualization Toolkit
  • Application Hosting

    In addition to hosting and troubleshooting numerous departmental and lab intranets, external websites, and wikis, Research Computing hosts and creates scientific applications. This allows researchers to make their results and new techniques known to the larger scientific community. Research Computing also places a high priority on giving researchers or department staff members the ability to make changes without Research Computing help, streamlining the process.

  • Consulting: Bioinformatics, Scientific Computing, Hardware and Software Purchasing

    Research Computing’s staff has in-depth knowledge of a variety of scientific and technical disciplines, including:
    * Bioinformatics – Research Computing’s bioinformatics core helps researchers conduct large-scale sequence analysis on the Odyssey cluster. The core provides high level biostatistics support, helping researchers determine the significance of results from high-throughput microarray experiments, as well as assists in interpreting the results of high-throughput sequencing, and annotating genomes.
    * As data sets from instruments and computational analysis keep growing, Research Computing helps researchers mine and transform that data to make scientific conclusions. In a few hours – or sometimes just a few minutes, a programmer can write a script that saves a researcher months of work, allowing them more time for other scientific pursuits.
    * Research Computing can provide faculty and other research staff with assistance in purchasing hardware and software that fit special computing needs. From storage equipment purchases to licenses for software packages, Research Computing can help facilitate the transaction with the vendor, and assist with installation and set-up.

  • High Performance Computing

    Research Computing provides faculty and researchers with the tools they need to take on large-scale computing challenges. Odyssey, Harvard’s largest supercomputer, offers users over 35 Petabytes of raw storage, more than 70,000 processing cores, and numerous software modules and applications. Research Computing can also host and create scientific applications not already on the Odyssey system.

  • Multi-terabyte data storage

    Multi-terabyte storage for labs at competitive rates, with different levels of access speed, stability, and backup capability.

  • Progamming and sequencing classes and training

    Occasional classes in using Linux, programming, Matlab, next-generation sequencing.

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Last updated: 2017-05-30T07:49:40.357-05:00