ARC Services 

Please click on a service below for additional information. 

  • Statistical Analysis

    For researchers running MATLAB, SPSS, SAS, R, or other statistical analysis software, ARC offers systems on which to run simulations. In a survey of researchers on campus, it was discovered that many run their analysis on their desktops.

    Offering machines with either Windows or Linux, researchers can use these systems to offload processing overhead and free up their desktops and laptops for more day to day activities.

  • Data Storage

    Many research projects consist of large data sets which require significant storage. ARC can create network-based storage with larger capacity than may be on your standard desktop or external drives. This storage is fault tolerant and backed up regularly.

    Using network-based storage offers more flexibility as data is accessible from anywhere on campus. Data can also be accessed from off campus by using the VPN. Network-based storage allows an entire research team access to the same data without the burden of having multiple copies or access to a shared computer. But do not let this increased convenience worry you - ARC secures the storage so that only accounts you approve can see the data.

    A final perk of ARC data storage is that additional space can be allocated to your project without requiring reformatting or copying of data to a new location. It is all handled on the administrative side and has no impact to your data or process.

  • Data Backup

    Have research data or applications you need protected in case of hardware failure or disaster? ARC can back up your information to tape and store it off-site in a protected location. Should UNCW be hit by a hurricane or should your computer crash, your information will be safe.

  • File Sharing

    With file sharing in ARC, you can host files for others to use. Whether you want to make sample files available for students, post research data for others to view, or create a shared workspace for collaboration, file sharing allows you to put your files safely on the network.

    File shares can be set up with different levels of permissions. You can choose who needs read-only access, who needs access to post new data to the shared folder, and who needs access to change or delete data currently shared.

    File shares are only available on campus or through the UNCW VPN. Only UNCW faculty, staff, and students will be able to access the shares.

  • Application Hosting

    Have a new application you would like to use in class or test for use in research? Have it hosted through ARC. Your application can be set up to be accessible on and off campus depending on your needs.

  • Collaboration

    Research teams can have SharePoint sites set up for their groups and/or projects. Teams can centralize their documents and manage permissions themselves. They have access to wikis and blogs and can set up group calendars and tasks. They can also connect to meeting workspaces which provide a collection of agendas, documents, calendars, tasks, decisions and other meeting-related information. Finally, SharePoint allows research teams to have access to their information anywhere in the world without requiring VPN access.

    The only catch is that SharePoint is only available to UNCW faculty, staff and students. The environment is not currently configured to allow access to researchers from other institutions.

  • Virtual Computers

    Virtual Computers are available through ARC. A virtual workstation can be set up for your private use to help offload demand on resources from your primary computer.

    Whether you are running analysis on results or testing new software, a virtual workstation can provide you with these additional resources. 

    Additionally, virtual computers can be customized and modified, if necessary, to suit your needs. Instead of a cookie-cutter configuration, we will discuss what you need and build a system accordingly.

  • XSEDE

    Through a partnership with the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), it is now easier for researchers and teams at UNCW to start working in the digital cloud. XSEDE streamlines access to a national network of supercomputers, data stores, and software repositories allowing you to get your work done quickly on remote multi-core machines, securely access and share your data and results with collaborators over the internet.

    Access to the remote job system can save computing time on large jobs. Storing data online in the data store ensures that the whole group has access to the same files. Dedicated data pipelines between XSEDE resources provide faster access for uploading, processing and working with results.

    In addition to the services offered on-site through ITS, researchers are encouraged to contact a UNCW Campus Champion to learn more about how XSEDE could make their research easier.

    High-speed computing resources:

    XSEDE integrates a network of supercomputer and data-analysis resources for scientific research, providing cloud computing for scholars similar to a variety of commercial options such as AWS. Unlike other cloud services however, XSEDE is funded by a $110-million grant from the National Science Foundation, is free to use, and provides support, functionality, and a community of users oriented towards academic research needs.

    • Intel Xeon Cluster with 6,400 compute nodes
    • GPU Clusters (Bridges, Comet, Xstream)
    • Interactive Visualization and Data Analytics
    • Batch job submission
    • Long and medium-term data storage
    • Software and services from the community
    • Help desk and Extended Collaborative Support Services

     

    Getting Started

    You must submit an application before you can access the full suite of XSEDE resources. To learn more or to request access to a trial allocation, contact Eddie Dunn dunng@uncw.edu or Ellen Gurganious jonese@uncw.edu (UNCW campus champions). A user account, which is required to begin the application process, can be made at [https://portal.xsede.org/].

    Past XSEDE Projects 

    • Cyber-enabled investigations of turbulence: studies of mixing and dispersion
    • Computational Studies of Complex Processes In Biological Macromolecular Systems
    • Coupling Climate and Hydrological Models: Interoperability Through Web Services
    • CESM gateway for integrated climate modeling, data analysis, archiving and metadata publishing
    • Your project here?

     

    FAQ

    Will by data and results be secure?

    XSEDE strives to make accessing to high-speed computing resources easier for academics, your work will be available only to you and those you share it with. More information about XSEDE security practice and policy can be found at https://www.xsede.org/security.

    Where can I get more information?


    What support is available?

    In addition to documentation, online training, and a help desk, users can request the special assistance of XSEDE consultants to plan and optimize approved projects. At UNCW, users may contact the local campus champion for assistance, or connect with our user group.

    Is it really free?

    Yes! Research allocations must be approved but may be renewed for the duration of your project.