Infrastructure

UMIACS fosters innovative interdisciplinary research by supporting an advanced research-computing infrastructure with services and resources for:

  • High Performance Computing on a variety of architectures including clusters of computers acting as distributed-memory parallel systems, Symmetric Multi-Processing systems, and General-Purpose GPU systems.
  • Data Intensive Computing on a variety of disk, tape, and file-system platforms which host large data collections for our labs and the national research community with a focus on long-term preservation of digital data and human-computer interfaces for digital libraries.
  • Distributed Computing on high-speed local and wide area networks through the Mid Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), the Next Generation Internet Exchange (NGIX), the Internet2, and the National Lambda Rail.
  • Visual Computing on very high-resolution tiled displays and in immersive visualization environments.
  • Advanced Technology Prototypes developed by our faculty and their research programs.

Each of the Institute’s facilities is led by distinguished faculty members who direct the work of our researchers, systems administrators, network engineers, and programmers. These interactions between academic researchers and information technology professionals equip the Institute’s leading research programs with cutting edge technologies and forward-thinking infrastructure.

While no single system is extremely large in scale, the site as a whole is a large installation with 1500 supported computers, 2500 network ports, and 1 Petabyte of managed data.