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Research Computing Package now easier to use

The Research Computing Package (RCP) is getting some updates for the fiscal year 2021 - making it easier than ever to get started with high-performance computing. The RCP, offered by Health Information and Technology Services (HITS), provides Michigan Medicine researchers with computing and storage credits at ARC-TS at no cost. 

“We received some great customer feedback about ways to improve the RCP,” said Jim Kenyon, Lead for Academic Computing / HPC Support. We’re excited to be able to offer auto-renewal options in addition to more storage and compute time, beginning in June.”

Here’s a summary of the new RCP offering:

  • RCP now renews automatically every year on July 1. Only let us know if you need to make changes to your computing credits allocation, no need to confirm your credits yearly. 
  • More computing time: 60 core months of standard memory computing, increased from 5 core months in 2019.
  • More computable storage: 10 TB of replicated, high-performance storage, increased from 6 TB in 2019.
  • 100TB of archive storage: replicated tape-based storage in Data Den.

The RCP is perfect for researchers starting a new project with high-performance computing and data storage needs. It can also be used as a bridge between grant funding, or for small, unfunded projects.

“We believe the RCP can benefit many types of research projects,” Kenyon said. “Recently ARC-TS worked with a genomics research team to move a variant detection workflow onto the cluster. We’re here to support the research community in making the transition to utilizing U-M’s powerful advanced computing system.”

For questions about RCP, email arcts-support@umich.edu, orrequest the Research Computing Package and learn more on the HITS website

 Posted July 2020

Get HPC and cloud computing funding to accelerate your research

Research Computing Package: funding to get started with high-performance computing

Remote work is now a part of our new normal, but it can make working with large data sets especially difficult. One solution the Advanced Genomics Core (AGC) recently implemented was sending data directly to the campus computing cluster at ARC-TS, avoiding the use of FTP sites which require downloading data over slow connections. Researchers working with AGC are then leveraging the Research Computing Package (RCP) to access and analyze their data. RCP funds both the initial data storage cost and compute time for analysis, all of which are accessible from home via the campus VPN. 

Not familiar with high-performance computing? With RCP your team can also receive help getting acquainted with the right resources and tools for your analysis. Contact HPC-support@umich.edu with questions or for more information about how RCP and the campus computing cluster can accelerate your research.

Cloud Computing: credits and grants from Amazon, Google, Microsoft Azure, and more

Major cloud computing providers are offering credits and funding to accelerate COVID-19 research. U-M labs like the Sexton lab are already taking advantage of cloud computing to accelerate their work, decreasing processing time of COVID-19 samples from 17 hours to about 40 minutes. Significant funding is available across platforms and we encourage other labs to take advantage. Contact HCP-support@umich.edu for more information.

Posted May 2020

HITS announces Remote Desktop Access

Need to access data stored on a desktop at Michigan Medicine? Beginning March 23, get access to your files and applications from home using remote desktop access. It establishes a connection between a personal computer and a Core Windows PC located onsite at Michigan Medicine. Get step-by-step guidance here

Posted April 2020

HITS rolls out High Speed Research Network

Researcher at computer

In December 2019, HITS implemented a new, high speed network route designed for moving research data acquired in the lab or datacenter to Advanced Research Computing (ARC) services (e.g., Great Lakes, ARMIS 2) for research activities. 

 The High Speed Research Network offers a faster, more direct path to ARC services from the Michigan Medicine network enabling large data to be transferred for computational activities. Research devices with attached instrumentation working with large volumes of data at BSRB and research systems in the HITS datacenter can take advantage of this route. HITS plans to continue expanding the network route to additional Michigan Medicine buildings throughout fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Contact the Research Engagement team to learn more.  

Posted February 2020