Overview

The Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center (GACRC, formerly the Research Computing Center) is the result of a collaborative partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.

The GACRC is administered by UGA’s Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS).

The Center provides to the UGA research and education community an advanced computing environment comprised of a high-performance computing and networking infrastructure located at the Boyd Data Center, a comprehensive collection of scientific, engineering and business applications, as well as consulting and training services..

Mission

The Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center was established via a partnership between the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Information Technology. The mission of the GACRC is to provide leadership for, and support of, world-class research computing and communication resources that enhance the productivity of researchers while enabling:

  1. acceleration of the rate of new scientific and artistic breakthroughs;
  2. collaborative research between UGA researchers and their peers nationally and internationally;
  3. provision of effective access to information sources throughout the world; and
  4. facilitation of efficient use of information technologies by providing training, outreach, and consulting in the use of hardware and software resources.

History

The Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center was established in late 2003 as a partnership between the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Office of the Vice President for Research. The GACRC is governed by a Memorandum of Agreement between the two offices, with guidance from a faculty advisory committee and day-to-day leadership provided by the Director of Research Computing.

The GACRC was founded, in large part, because it was apparent that the time and technical expertise required to manage high-performance computing and database platforms, software, storage, physical security, cyber security and telecommunications can be very significant. This is even more true as the scale of information technology infrastructure increases in response to trends in research methods and instrumentation.

Frequently, failure to use best practices in system administration, security and documentation of operating procedures are exacerbated by the relatively high turnover rates of technical staff, graduate students and postdocs in research groups and result in unacceptable risks for the loss of data, unacceptable risk of security compromises and other inefficiencies in support of lab operations. The GACRC overcomes these issues by maintaining a professional, career-minded staff of technical experts whose sole goal is to support the information technology needs of UGA’s research community.

Operations

The GACRC has a fulltime technical staff of six, specializing in Linux/UNIX system administration, storage administration, scientific computing, virtualization, and database administration.