The University of Texas Cyberinfrastructure Initiative
Advancing the Initiative
The UT System is advancing the UT Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC) initiative in order to provide new capabilities that will advance current and future research efforts across all UT institutions. By providing a combination of advanced computational systems, large data storage opportunity, and high bandwidth data access between the institutions, UTRC will enable researchers within all 15 UT System institutions to collaborate with each other and compete at the forefront of science and discovery.
UTRC will incorporate integrated operations (central and distributed, connected at high bandwidth) and will work with researchers to develop applications, manage and analyze data, and integrate with the decentralized resources. Through the UTRC Project, we will facilitate, stimulate, and support leadership in computational science research across Texas and attract more funding and the best faculty and graduate students to UT institutions.
UT System is the second largest university system in the United States, and UT System institutions contain a rich and diverse collection of research programs within science, engineering, and biomedicine/health. The UTRC offers an immediate opportunity to extend leadership in existing research programs and to develop new research programs.
The UTRC initiative represents an active collaboration with Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), a national advanced computing center and key player in the NSF XSEDE. TACC operates some of the most powerful computing and visualization systems in the world.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the leading centers of computational excellence in the United States. Located on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, the center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies.
To fulfill this mission, TACC identifies, evaluates, deploys, and supports powerful computing, visualization, and storage systems and software. TACC staff help researchers and educators use these technologies effectively, and conduct research and development to make these technologies more powerful, more reliable, and easier to use.
Computational science has become the third pillar of scientific discovery, complementing theory and physical experimentation, allowing scientists to explore phenomenon that are too big, small, fast, or dangerous to investigate in the laboratory.
TACC works closely with industry and the academic community to develop new computing architectures and software technologies, and promotes science and technology breakthroughs to the public through education, outreach and training events. As we continue to move towards a world where advanced computing is ubiquitous in the conduct of science and engineering, TACC will be at the vanguard of this transformation.