Research 01.11.18 Minutes

Attending:

Henrik Aratyn, Colleen Kehoe, Karen Dunn Lopez, Andy Boyd, Andy Johnson, Allen Randall, Ed Zawacki, Himanshu Sharma, Lindsey McQuade, Annette Valenta, Min Yang, Bob Sandusky, Heather O’Leary

  • Notes
    • Noted that the committee is now using WebEx for meetings
    • Suggested that ACCC is working support but will make WebEx available to the university soon
    • Discussion of conferencing options
    • Discussion of how WebEx licenses will be assigned
  • Subcommittees
    • Research Computing Infrastructure
      • Noted that ACCC will be working with OVCR to create an event for Computational Research Day
      • Suggested that the ITGC Research Committee has a legacy of supporting the Extreme cluster
      • Mentioned that there is an agreement in the works to create a GPU cluster
      • Suggested that the goal is to allow everyone on campus to have access to the new cluster
      • A brief history of research computing at UIC was given
      • Noted that the GPU will not work for all research types
      • Mentioned that the fee structure is still being considered
      • Noted that the cluster will have 200 GPUs, 50 nodes
      • Discussion of how the cluster will compare to clusters at other institutions
      • Discussion on whether students will have access to the cluster
      • Further discussion of how the cluster could be used
      • Suggested that ACER might be able to provide a helpdesk or similar support service for students and others to get research help
      • Suggested that the committee propose a name for the cluster
      • Mentioned other institutions offer services which allow students to log into their accounts and have access to super computers
      • Noted that ACER is hoping to offer a similar service running on top of SABER
      • Suggested that the goal is to offer an easy-to-use service that can be used in courses
      • Discussion of software available in labs and how web applications might be used
      • The software issue will be brought to the ITGC Education Committee
      • Suggested that there will be license issues related to this service
      • Further discussion of the best way to offer the service
      • Suggested that a new service, Secure Computing Environment for housing high risk data, is being worked on
      • Mentioned that ACCC is working with the Care Center to collaborate on this service
    • Institutional Stewardship of Data
      • Suggested that the library is negotiating with Digital Science on acquiring Figshare for Institutions to replace the old institutional repository
      • The repository would be put in the cloud, help with access and other benefits
      • Noted that it does not come with a BAA and could not be used for other data
      • Suggested that there will be a discussion on how to set it up and help colleges utilize the rool
      • Discussion of how data will be stored and backup options
      • Suggested that there is currently a search for a new VCR
      • Asked that data needs be considered in the interview process
      • Discussion on how the committee can promote research needs to VCR candidates
      • Suggested requesting that the ITGC Research Committee be included in the interview process
  • New Business
    • February Meeting
      • The chair is unavailable for the next meeting and will reach out to one of the past chairs to substitute