Research Computing Support (RCS)
Georgia Health Sciences University, as a University System research university (http://www.georgiahealth.edu/about/) is committed to be a leading center of excellence in research through the generation
and application of biomedical knowledge and technology to human health and disease
and to play an expanding role in the transfer of technology to the health care delivery
Focus within Technology Services as an integral part of GHSU is expanding to supporting
interdisciplinary and scientific research areas. Research Computing Support (RCS)
group has been established with the mission to enhance the capacity for research technology
support; develop, establish, and coordinate customer-focused support strategies for
building a strong research infrastructure of advanced computing resources and services
and to assist researchers in determining data management solutions.
The Research Computing Support group acts as a liaison between GHSU research community
and Technology Services, providing technical support and consulting services on a
wide variety of issues ranging from high performance computing, data storage, software
implementation and licensing, to research collaboration using advanced technologies.
RCS will also act as a liaison to external initiatives and resources such as Southern
Light Rail (SLR), SURAGrid, InCommon, Internet2, Georgia Cyberinfrastructure Alliance,
statewide and national supercomputing and research centers.
Researchers should be free to focus their efforts on the discovery and dissemination
of knowledge, not evaluating hardware and software tradeoffs, or devising methods
to interact with increasingly complex-data sets. Research Computing Support group
will facilitate the need of researchers for access to:
- ArcGIS - GHSU owns a site license for ESRI ArcGIS. This software is an integrated family
of software products that consists of Desktop GIS, Server GIS and Mobile GIS used
to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships,
and model spatial processes. GIS gives you tools to analyze your data and see the
results in the form of powerful, interactive maps that reveal how things work together,
allowing you to make the most informed decisions possible.
- Professional Technical Assistance, Programming and Database Support - personnel, who could provide advice, guidance and direct support for the effective
use of research software, advanced programming techniques and methodologies, development
of large databases and information repositories, software implementation and application
- Data Storage - Many researchers desire access to a well-managed, large-capacity storage infrastructure
for archiving data. This infrastructure is available on limited basis to provide primary-file
storage, data-sharing services, and short-term backup storage. If needed, individual
groups, departments, or academic units could add storage capacity to this infrastructure
to augment their evolving needs. System administration is provided by Technology Services.
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Research – analysis and consultation services for the use of best practices in storing and protecting
- High Performance Computing – analysis and consultation on HPC locally and through affiliations with statewide
and national supercomputing sites.
- Videoconferencing Software – GHSU faculty, staff and students now have access to a new video communication service:
GHSU Video Conferencing. The technology allows person-to-person video conversations
and group meetings using a video-conferencing device or PC (with special software
and a Web cam). Users simply dial up and log in from their offices, classrooms, conference
rooms or home. Applications include distance learning, standard meetings, recorded
trainings and more. Basic features include person-to-person meetings. Intermediate
and advanced features include business messaging, icon cues, digital recording, streaming
to Web, instant access to recorded meetings and conference roll call locking.
- Southern Light Rail – High speed dedicated fiber optic access through National Lambda Rail (NLR) to the
Georgia Research Alliance universities, other universities in the Southern region
of the United States and governmental and private sector organizations involved in
university research initiatives. SLR will reach out to facilitate dark fiber connectivity
to the Southern universities and research centers.
- Hardware and Software Purchase Consultation - provide advice on equipment purchases based on the requirements of your research
and the size of the user group. This includes getting quotes from vendors, help with
preparing the technical specifications for RFPs and ensuring compliance with the proposal
requirements of the granting agencies.
- Collaboration Tools – available tools such as Instant Messenger and RSS feeds through the GHSU portal. Soon to become available software tools that function as real-time virtual workspaces,
such as private workplace wikis (searchable, archival able sites that allow groups
of users to comment on and edit one another's work in real time); blogs (chronicles
of thoughts and interests, federated identity (to enable cross-institutional collaboration
and access to research information and data) and others.
Research Technology Advisory Committees have been established in each of the schools to provide strategic direction on how
best to provide information technology resources to support research activities within
their respective college. The RTAC will serve as a conduit for the two-way dissemination
of information related to research computing within each college and will serve to
otherwise enhance communications among the faculty and research leaders of the Colleges.
The RTAC will keep abreast of technological and operational advances that impact research
computing and provide advice on how the college and the University should prepare
to support research computing in the future. In addition, a University-level advisory
group has been established to provide direction on larger research technology needs
that cross college boundaries.
The list of Research Technology Advisory Committees are available online. See also Research Technology Advisory Committees (RTACs) for agenda and meeting minutes (GHSU login required).
Michael Casdorph, 706-721-3364
Director of Instructional and Research Systems