Research Computing Package: Worry-free computing services and data storage

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Research labs and teams sometimes spend a large amount of sponsored grant funding on data storage and computing resources. Researchers often have to choose between data safety and saving money, resulting in decreased productivity, and time wasted on data recovery.

Beginning March 5, 2018, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS), in partnership with Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS), is pleased to offer computation and data storage services at no cost to Michigan Medicine faculty.

The Research Computing Package has a number of benefits, including:

  • Storage - 6 TB of replicated Turbo Research Storage, a high-capacity, fast, reliable, and secure data storage service that allows researchers to connect their data to the computing resources necessary for their research, including U-M’s Flux high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. Turbo supports the storage of sensitive data when mounted to a secure compute environment, such as Armis or HITS VMs for protected health information (PHI).

  • Compute - 5 core months on Flux on demand. Flux is the shared, Linux-based HPC cluster available to all researchers. Flux does not support PHI, but does support other types of sensitive data.

  • As an added bonus, these services can be used between grant funding

  • No cost to Michigan Medicine faculty

  • Renewable annually

  • More services will be added in the future

  • Daily data backups

How to get started

Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) offers three convenient ways to get help:

Research, Services & Support