Technology New DP Center
Purdue Center for the
Science of Information
Joins Discovery Park
A new Purdue University research center will join Discovery Park to advance
university efforts for multidisciplinary
collaborations, bringing together
applications and computational scientists to better understand complex
issues such as biological systems, massive data search and retrieval, social
and communications networks and
The Purdue Center for the Science of
Information (PCSoI), led by computer
science professors Wojciech
Szpankowski and Ananth Grama,
will continue its focus on information and knowledge, in support of
data driven science and engineering
“The Purdue Center for the Science of
Information offers a unique approach
to solve science and engineering
problems, an approach critical to
continued advances in understanding
complex systems such as biological
systems, massive data search and
retrieval, social and communications
networks, and chemical structures,”
said Szpankowski, the Saul Rosen
Professor of Computer Science.
Faculty, Campus Units Get State-of-the-Art
Storage System for Research Data
The Research Data Depot, a new service from ITaP Research Computing (RCAC), is a
state-of-the-art data storage system designed, configured and operated for the needs of
While ITaP has always offered research data storage for computational and archival
purposes in connection with Purdue’s Community Cluster Program supercomputers, the
Research Data Depot makes available over 2 petabytes of storage to Purdue faculty and
campus units in need of a high-capacity central solution for storing large, active research
data sets at a competitive price, whether they’re cluster users or not.
“Faculty have made it clear they need a central place to store research data securely
and reliably, access and move it rapidly in doing their research and share it easily with
colleagues and collaborators,” says Gerry McCartney, system chief information officer,
vice president for information technology and the Olga Oesterle England Professor of
Data move over an upgraded high-speed campus research network, whether to the community clusters, office and lab computers for computation and analysis, or from high-performance instruments that generate large data streams.
In addition, the Research Data Depot incorporates technology for sharing access to and
moving data among research collaborators not only around campus but also around the
country and planet. The system is configurable by faculty for use on a project or research
group basis and in on-campus and off-campus collaborations through an easy-to-use Web
interface for configuring space, setting access permissions, sharing and more.
All data are protected from accidental deletion and mirrored at two sites on different
ends of campus to ensure rapid access, reliability and recoverability to an extent not
possible with research data storage resources currently maintained by individuals, labs
or other campus units — be those departmental servers, stacks of hard drives on a lab
bench, or a USB drive in somebody’s pocket.
Researchers and campus units can purchase and expand their capacity in the Research
Data Depot easily through the “Purchase” link atop the ITaP Research Computing
(RCAC) website, www.rcac.purdue.edu, says Preston Smith.
For more information, visit www.rcac.purdue.edu/userinfo/resources/depot or contact
Preston Smith, ITaP’s manager of research support, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 494-9729.