Applying for a grant? The information below about our capabilities and services may be helpful to you as you write your proposal.

If you have any additional questions about OIT capabilities for grant proposals, please contact Deputy CIO Mike Shelton.

Network

The Office of Information provides wired and wireless internet connections to all buildings on the UA campus. The current network bandwidth is 10Gbps. OIT is in the process of upgrading our core infrastructure to 40Gbps to bring higher speeds to campus. Eduroam is the official wireless network for UA. Students, faculty and staff may all connect to the Eduroam network.

Redundant Connections

All buildings on the UA campus have a redundant connection to the core network infrastructure. All core network equipment exists in redundant pairs. UA also provides multiple external connections to the internet through different ISPs offering diverse routes. Redundant, physically diverse network connections and appliances on campus and out to the internet reduces the risk of network outage.

Backup

UA data stored securely on OIT’s central storage platform is backed up on a customer-defined schedule to UA’s off-site storage platform located in Atlanta. OIT is able to recover customer data from this site. OIT also offers research storage space for data that requires quick access to the high performance research cluster. A research file share for additional long term storage is available for purchase by the GB. More information is available on the Research Data Storage webpage.

Software

Students, faculty and staff can download many software packages at no cost. OIT maintains a software catalog that lists all software available for download. Microsoft Office, Qualtrics, RefWorks and MATLAB are just a few of the software offerings available. OIT is working to increase the number of enterprise-grade software packages that are offered to the campus.

Labs and Classrooms

OIT supports instructional technologies in classrooms and labs across campus. The Center for Instructional Technology within OIT provides training on instructional technologies, and the audio/visual and desktop support teams work to ensure that all classrooms and labs have necessary programs. Many colleges maintain their own labs, with OIT providing the necessary software.

Security

In order to establish secure connectivity to the network, UA uses a diverse range of security appliances including multiple redundant pairs of firewalls, packet-shaping devices and intrusion-detection systems. The OIT security team also offers several tools directly to students, faculty and staff. On campus users can download McAfee antivirus software, DUO two-factor verification and LastPass password management tool to ensure device and account security.

Auditing

UA uses Splunk to search, monitor and analyze log data from network, system and security appliance sources. Splunk provides continual security auditing of critical UA systems. UA also uses a range of other monitoring and alerting software and business processes to provide continual auditing of system and network performance and availability. Continual auditing from all sources reduces the risk of outage and maximizes service availability and security.

UA High Performance Computing (UAHPC)

UA offers several high-performance computing options for researchers at UA. UAHPC (formerly RC2) is a 87 node (1660 core) cluster featuring Dell PowerEdge M610s, M620s, and M630s with over 40 Teraflops theoretical sustained performance. Eighteen nodes contain two Intel 6-Core Nehalem Xeon X5650 processors, 48GB of SDRAM, and the newer nodes contain two Intel 8-Core E5-2650, E5-2640v2, or 10-core E5-2640v3 processors and at least 64GB of RAM per node. The newest nodes have 20-cores with 96 GB or memory. There are five high memory nodes (384 GB up to 1TB). For jobs which need a single node there are several with 48 cores or more, ranging up to 88.

These compute nodes are controlled by a Dell PowerEdge M830 master node containing two 10-core processors, and 3TB of 15,000 RPM SAS6 Hard Drive capacity for sharing applications and home directories across the cluster. In addition, two dedicated storage nodes allow for efficient handling of data between compute nodes and the data storage devices. The storage nodes are connected via PERC H700 or H810 controllers to a total of approximately 100 TB of storage in five Dell PowerVault MD1200s, plus another 20TB of internal disks in the second storage node. The storage nodes have 10G connectivity to the internet.

All nodes are connected internally within their Dell M1000e chassis by Infiniband 4x QDR at a throughput of 40 Gbit/s, and all the chassis are interconnected through a pair of external Infiniband switches (2:1 oversubscribed). Storage is shared between nodes using NFS on IPoIB. More information is available on the main Research Computing webpage.