High Performance Computing
Research Computing provides faculty and researchers with the tools they need to take on large-scale computing challenges. Odyssey, Harvard’s largest supercomputer, offers users over 2.5 Petabytes of raw storage, more than 17,000 processing cores, and numerous software modules and applications. Research Computing can also host and create scientific applications not already on the Odyssey system.
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Research Computing offers various storage arrays which can be customized to satisfy unique needs. Basic fixed price backed-up storage is $900/TB per 3 years.
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Application Hosting
In addition to hosting and troubleshooting numerous departmental and lab intranets, external websites, and wikis, Research Computing hosts and creates scientific applications. This allows researchers to make their results and new techniques known to the larger scientific community. Research Computing also places a high priority on giving researchers or department staff members the ability to make changes without Research Computing help, streamlining the process.
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Instrument Sign-up
Research Computing maintains a web-based scheduling tool called SPINAL that many of Harvard’s biological facilities use.  To sign up on an instrument managed by SPINAL, you will need an RC service account.
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Harvard School of Public Health
The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is using the FAS Research Computing environment to host our data and run analysis. The compute cluster is Odyssey and runs the same OS as the HSPH HPCC environment. If you are curious, take a look at the HSPH & FAS Research Computing Q&A page. A list of the currently installed software on the cluster is available online. Additional software can be installed on request.
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Research Computing can provide Harvard faculty with a personalized letter of support for grant submissions. The letter will describe the Research Computing environment and detail the level of support and expertise that the Research Computing team will be able to provide. Because each grant submission is unique, it is best to contact James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing, or Byoung-Do Kim, Director of Scientific Computing, to discuss grant applications and letters of support.

Research Computing’s staff has in-depth knowledge of a variety of scientific and technical disciplines, including:

–Bioinformatics – Research Computing’s bioinformatics core helps researchers conduct large-scale sequence analysis on the Odyssey cluster. The core provides high level biostatistics support, helping researchers determine the significance of results from high-throughput microarray experiments, as well as assists in interpreting the results of high-throughput sequencing, and annotating genomes.
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–Scientific Computing – As data sets from instruments and computational analysis keep growing, Research Computing helps researchers mine and transform that data to make scientific conclusions. In a few hours – or sometimes just a few minutes, a programmer can write a script that saves a researcher months of work, allowing them more time for other scientific pursuits.
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–Hardware and Software Purchasing – Research Computing can provide faculty and other research staff with assistance in purchasing hardware and software that fit special computing needs. From storage equipment purchases to licenses for software packages, Research Computing can help facilitate the transaction with the vendor, and assist with installation and set-up.
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