UVA School of Medicine Research Computing (SOMRC) is a new program that aims to support computational biomedical research by providing advanced cyberinfrastructure and expertise in data analysis at scale. Our mission is to foster a culture of computational thinking and promote interdisciplinary collaboration in various data-driven research domains. We offer services related to high performance computing, cloud architecture, scientific programming and big data solutions. We also aim to promote computationally intensive research at UVA through collaborative efforts such as UVA’s own CADRE (Computation And Data Resource Exchange) and XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment).
The phrase “cloud computing” has come to mean a lot of things lately: web-based email services, or SaaS (software-as-a-service), or cloud-based storage like UVA’s own use of Dropbox. But behind all of these practical, useful tools is what we might call the real cloud, made up of impossibly large, globally-scaled hardware farms that our first examples live and run on. These farms make up “cloud infrastructure,” and are now sold to consumers by Google, Rackspace, Microsoft, and Amazon.