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UT System Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC)

Purpose and Benefits of UTRC

The UT System and its 15 institutions are working together to develop, deploy, operate, support, and upgrade the UT System Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC) Project with competitive advantages and leadership capabilities that surpass those of our peer institutions. UTRC presents superior, comprehensive scientific capabilities that provide research advantages that:

  • enable breakthrough results and impact science
  • attract superior faculty and students
  • attract funding to UT System institutions.

Overview of UTRC

The UTRC Project provides a strong foundation for advances in current and future research efforts across UT System. The combination of high bandwidth access, persistent data storage, computational capabilities, and the expertise of UT System institution researchers have incredible potential and keep UT System at the forefront of science and discovery.

The collaboration between UT System and The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) leverages advanced computing and visualization resources via the new and comprehensive Lonestar system as well as TACC support services to enable researchers to learn to use UTRC resources effectively. TACC staff members assist research teams in properly employing the systems, software, and expertise necessary to foster educational innovation and are dedicated to providing the research & development, consulting, and training required so users can take full advantage of TACC resources, services, and educational programs that are contributing to the development of the next generation of researchers. TACC's talented staff members strive to provide the technology, computing, and visualization assistance that empower UT System's computational research community to impact science and change the world.

Component Projects of UTRC

Some features of the UTRC discovery environment will include:

  • Lonestar 4 Supercomputing System: Advanced computing is ONLINE NOW (with initial archival storage on the Ranch archival facility). Lonestar is a national XSEDE resource and is one of the most powerful, productive, and comprehensive academic systems in the US, offering a scientific advantage to researchers at UT System institutions.
  • High Bandwidth Network: Connectivity between all UT System institutions enables sharing and movement of data to/from computing and data systems. UT SysNet deployed this high-bandwidth network capability (10 Gbps connection) between all the institutions and TACC, and worked with institutions to utilize it by resolving ‘last-mile' issues into research facilities and centers on their campuses.
  • UT System Data Repository (UTDR): Hosted on Corral, UTDR enables long-term data storage, hosting of large scientific data collections for collaborations and communities, and analysis capabilities that span multiple collections. UTDR facilitates data management proposals to NSF and NIH which is now a requirement in all NSF and NIH proposals. It was designed by a multi-institution team to ensure it meets diverse research requirements and can scale up for future needs.

UTRC offers increased integration, consistent interfaces, and professional support to ensure that it is utilized effectively and to facilitate collaboration. It will receive regular upgrades in capabilities and usability to maintain a scientifically competitive advantage over peer research institutions. UTRC incorporates an integrated, effective operations and user support team across UT System. This team ensures that the systems comprising UTRC (central and distributed, connected at high bandwidth) are easy to use, and works with researchers to help use systems, develop applications, manage and analyze data, and integrate with the decentralized resources.

For more information, please visit the UTRC Initiative.