High Performance and National Computing Resources, Data Sets, and Science Gateways


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What is High Performance Computing? 


High performance computing uses special computational methods to take advantage of interconnected nodes and perform calculations or processes that are not possible or practicable on individual computers. 


The UMD resource for High Performance Computing is known as Zaratan. You can learn more about Zaratan at hpcc.umd.edu. All researchers receive a default allocation of compute hours and medium-term storage on the system. Zaratan aso features Open OnDemand, for which templates can be developed that enables simpler interfacing, especially to researchers who are new to high performance computing methods. 


What is a Science Gateway?


Science gateways provide access to advanced resources for science and engineering researchers, educators, and students. Through streamlined, online, user-friendly interfaces, gateways combine a variety of cyberinfrastructure (CI) components in support of a community-specific set of tools, applications, and data collections. The Science Gateways Catalog is a good resource to find existing science gateways, or find inspiration to build one for your own discipline. 


What is NSF Cloudbank?

CloudBank is an NSF supported cloud access entity that provides on-ramp services to reduce hurdles for NSF-funded researchers to access cloud based resources. The idea is that your NSF funds go directly to cloud bank before they are used to pay for your usage of cloud services.  



NIH STRIDES is an NIH program to promote usage of cloud computing for NIH-funded researchers, and to provide resources for support. Using NIH STRIDES provides significant discounts beyond what is already provided by UMD agreements. NIH STRIDES Initiative for Google Cloud- IT Support - UMD


What are some useful links to datasets? 

Datasets and pre-built solutions | Google Cloud

Registry of Open Data on AWS

Azure Open Datasets 



NASA Open Data Portal

What is ACCESS?

“The new NSF-funded program for advancing computational and data-intensive research – the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS) – offers significant opportunities for community involvement. One of those is ensuring that requests for resource allocations meet the program's requirements in careful merit reviews by a diverse group of reviewers.” There will be four allocation tiers to accommodate projects requiring different computing needs.Learn more at https://www.xsede.org/web/advancetoaccess/access-news.


Additional National HPC Resources: https://www.doeleadershipcomputing.org/hpc-resources/