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Research Support

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) is responsible for developing and implementing the UMBC Campus Cyber Infrastructure for the campus. This plan is developed in consultation with the VP of Research and campus shared governance. As part of that plan, DoIT provides the following services to researchers (faculty and graduate students) on campus:

  • High Performance Computing – DoIT, in collaboration with the Vice President of Research, provides operational support for the campus HPC core facility.  This is a NSF funded, 324 node, 648 processor (2596 core) with 38 NVIDIA GPUs and 60 Intel Phi system supporting parallel programming with over 700 Terabytes of high performance storage.
  • Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) is focused on S/W Tool development and algorithmic design for parallel distributed and cloud computing. DoIT’s provides ongoing assistance to CHMPR.
  • Advanced Networking –DoIT operates the on-campus and off-campus network to support campus. UMBC, through a  NSF CC*IIE award to CIO Jack Suess in 2014,  will be among the first 70 universities to be connected at 100Gb to the Internet2 backbone (planned for spring 2016).  To support advanced networking UMBC is a member of Internet2,  the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), and the MD Research and Education Network (MDREN). UMBC has a 10GB connection to MDREN and 10GB connection to Internet2.
  • Storage – DoIT manages well over 1 petabyte of storage used by researchers and is working closely with the deans and VP of Research to build a robust storage architecture to meet the needs of researchers. In addition, to HPC storage, researchers can take advantage of Box, a web-based storage service used by UMBC that provides researchers with unlimited web-based storage.
  • Software – DoIT manages and pays for many of the campus software packages used for research. DoIT provides free to faculty the following software — Microsoft Windows, Apple OS, Microsoft Work, Redhat Linux, Matlab, SAS, SPSS, Mathematica, along with a number of limited use licenses. All software can be found and downloaded at http://my.umbc.edu/go/software
  • Software Support – DoIT, in a partnership with the Mathematics and Statistics Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting, provides funding to provide software workshops throughout the semester and to provide introductory consulting support.
  • New Media Studio – DoIT’s New Media Studio provides support for digital storytelling, video production, web site development, and publication support for researchers and campus units. The studio works closely with faculty in the digital humanities.