Research at Rice is spread across all academic areas with each researcher having different computing needs. The Office of Information Technology provides a wide range of computing resources and support services to Rice researchers. Some individuals only need assistance with using their personal computer or advise on where to store and back up their data and often these needs are addressed by their divisional representatives of OIT’s Campus Services. Other researchers need much more–such as access to high performance computing resources or visualization tools or access to national resources. Rice's shared research computing infrastructure is provided by OIT's Center for Research Computing (CRC) in partnership with the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.
The Center for Research Computing (CRC) acts as the default contact for all research-related service inquiries and represents researcher interests to the larger Office of Information Technology with advice from a faculty working group.
The CRC provides shared facilities and services for computing, visualization, data-storage, and networking designed to support research at Rice University including:
The areas within research computing are:
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The Center for Research Computing (CRC) maintains a collection of computing facilities that are available to all Rice-affiliated researchers.
On the first Tuesday of every month, the CRC may decide, with minimal notification, to take down systems for a period of up to 24-hours, for preventative maintenance. User notification will be made in advance when possible. The user community should plan computational work assuming maintenance will be executed every month.