UVA School of Medicine

Research Computing

Enabling scientific breakthroughs at scale with advanced computing


  • Courses

    In addition to providing free, in-person workshop training, School of Medicine Research Computing staff teach for-credit courses. Below is a selection of courses that SOMRC has taught, co-taught or provided guest lectures. BIMS 8382: Introduction to Biomedical Data Science Spring 2017 This course introduces methods, tools, and software for reproducibly managing, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing large-scale biomedical data. Specifically, the course introduces the R statistical computing environment and packages for manipulating and visualizing high-dimensional data, covers strategies for reproducible research, and culminates with analysis of data from a real RNA-seq experiment using R and Bioconductor packages.
  • Workshops

    School of Medicine Research Computing provides training opportunities covering a variety of data analysis, basic programming and computational topics. All of the classes listed below are taught by SOMRC experts and are freely available to UVa faculty, staff and students. For a comprehensive list of all such educational resources visit the Computation and Data Resource Exchange (CADRE) education portal. Upcoming – Fall 2017 Registration is now open! Mark these dates on your calendar.
  • Cloud Solutions

    Cloud computing is ideal for running flexible, scalable applications on demand, in periodic bursts, or for fixed periods of time. UVA SOMRC works alongside researchers to design and run research applications and datasets into Amazon Web Services, the leader among public cloud vendors. This means that server, storage, and database needs do not have to be estimated or purchased beforehand – they can be scaled larger and smaller with your needs, or programmed to scale dynamically with your application.
  • Cloud Computing

    What is the public cloud? Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and other computing resources through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Why would I use the cloud for research? Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus et lobortis sapien. Phasellus mauris ante, elementum quis sollicitudin et, luctus sed metus. Morbi scelerisque condimentum porttitor. Suspendisse sit amet elit mi.
  • Why use the Cloud?

    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.