UVA School of Medicine

Research Computing

Enabling scientific breakthroughs at scale with advanced computing


  • Quick Start

    Do you need an account? Submit an account request for Rivanna or Ivy below. Rivanna Account Request Ivy Account Request Do you need storage? Read more about free and fee-based storage options for researchers. Storage Options
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  • User Support

    School of Medicine Research Computing (SOMRC) is committed to providing individualized support for researchers who are engaged in computationally intensive projects. With expertise in high-performance computing, SOMRC provides support in the following areas: Bioinformatics & Genomics Cloud Solutions Data Analysis Scientific Computing SOMRC delivers the services above in the context of system support (web-based ticketing) and consultations (in-person meetings). In either scenario, we seek long-term scientific collaborations. Please use the contact methods below for user support.
  • 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.
  • Use Cases

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  • What is Research Computing?

    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).
  • 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.
  • User Guides

    High Performance Computing Standard and high security HPC to run your code, generally written in R, Python or shell scripts. Learn More › Storage Need large, or extremely large storage offsite or on grounds? Can you count in GB, TB, or PB? Learn more about storage options and pricing. Get Started › Cloud Have an idea you’d like to test? Need an environment provisioned in short-order?
  • 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.