Initiatives

HTC

The High Throughput Computing (HTC) Service will become a new computational resource for Illinois researchers. Created by tapping the idle processors located in workstation labs across campus, and by repurposing retired computing hardware from the Illinois Campus Cluster, the resource will require almost no new hardware to be purchased and can thus be made available to researchers at no cost. Departments that would like their research teams and students to be able to use the HTC service will be asked to pool their idle workstations in with others to expand the overall size of the resource.

The HTC service is currently being piloted through volunteer and donated effort from Engineering IT, Technology Services, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. As the pilot resource develops, we will work with friendly users to test it out prior to making the resource available for general use.

Macroscope

The Social Media Macroscope is a comprehensive platform for researchers to collect social media data sets, perform analysis, and share results with other researchers. The tools made available in the Macroscope are designed to be quick, efficient, and easy to use, with no programming skills necessary. Data from multiple social media platforms are accessible through the Macroscope. Knowledgeable staff people are also available to provide demonstrations, consultations, and training services.

Statistics Consulting

In partnership with CITL Data Analytics and Technology Services, the Scholarly Commons is hosting Statistical Consulting Services: free consultations with graduate students with expertise in a variety of statistical software, including R, Stata, SPSS and SAS.

Training

The Training Project is isolating campus and nation-wide trainings via the Portal and offering Research IT-related trainings such as Software Carpentry.

Research Technology Facilitator Pilot in FAA

Access to expertise is a common request coming from faculty and researchers.  Using a ‘centrally coordinated, locally supported model’, Research IT seeks to build a template for a RTF role that can be used across campus to provide consistent and seamless support to faculty, researchers, students and staff.  Lessons learned from the College of Engineering’s RTF coupled with national trends learned through participation in the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRC) will be refined by ITPros in FAA.  One outcome of the pilot is to identify necessary training and other resources that will make local staff successful in their ability to consistently support the academic community.

DBaaS

The Statistics Consulting pilot, a partnership between CITL Data Analytics, the Scholarly Commons, and Technology Services, has been expanded to also field questions ranging from availability of hosting options to advanced SQL consulting.  Tech Services’ Database Administrators are available to provide high-level SQL consulting assistance.  Workshops covering topics ranging from basic to mid-level SQL skills are currently being developed and will be presented as part of the Savvy Researcher workshop series.