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Director’s Welcome

Big Data. Cloud. Mobile. The Digital Age is upon us. With every new technology comes a new challenge. Meeting those challenges depends not only on the right technology platforms, but also the rapid deployment of optimal applications, data, and tools.

Faculty, staff and students from over 80 Cornell departments and research centers rely on the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing for research, education and outreach computing and consulting services that range from HPC systems and storage to programming, database development, and web portal design.

In addition, our participation in important national NSF cyberinfrastructure grants such as XSEDE funds on-campus training and consulting and potential access to some of the most powerful systems in the country. Other funded projects include the Aristotle Cloud Federation, a $5 million grant awarded to CAC to build a federated cloud to support scientists requiring flexible workflows and analysis tools for large-scale data sets.

In Ithaca, we’ve deployed a new cloud computing service called Red Cloud. Performance is predictable and reproducible and there is no charge for data movement, two important features requested by researchers. Red Cloud Secure is under development as well with Weill Cornell Medicine ITS. It will provide HPC and data analysis servers for applications that use HIPAA data.

Last but not least, faculty from the sciences and engineering and the humanities, arts, and social sciences are leveraging our education and outreach services to make their research proposals more competitive and to address broader impact, learning and collaboration needs. These services include:

  • Custom Virtual Workshops – we design, deploy and support highly interactive, on-demand training and education workshops. You provide the content or subject matter expert, we do the rest. Treatment options include exercises, simulations, videos, and quizzes. Workshop usage statistics are automatically generated for funding agency reports.
  • Virtual Labs – leveraging Red Cloud IaaS and SaaS faculty are able to provide their students with a properly configured computing system for lab exercises, research and collaboration that they can access on campus or off via their laptops or other mobile devices. This technology can also be used to reach dozens, hundreds or even thousands of users with asynchronous or scheduled labs from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Humanities or Science Gateways – we integrate tools, applications, data collections, and forums via a custom web portal that is designed to engage and support your research community while maximizing outreach to K-12 students/educators, citizen scientists, and the public.

Please contact me to discuss your needs and ideas. I welcome the opportunity to listen and share options to enable your success.

You may reach me via email.

David A. Lifka, Ph.D.
Director, Cornell Center for Advanced Computing
Vice President for Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer, Cornell University