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Research Computing for UNC-Chapel Hill is developed, supported and maintained by the ITS Research Computing group. ITS Research Computing aims to provide a world-class computing infrastructure as well as other technology tools and capabilities to support the research needs of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff. Our goal is to provide a state-of-the-art environment that will support the highest level of multidisciplinary research and help UNC-Chapel Hill become the premier research university in the United States.


Research Computing Service Areas


Computing Resources

ITS Research Computing offers a number of computing resources for researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill. Among these are an 8000 core Linux cluster (KillDevil); and a 1840 core Linux cluster (Kure). An Onyen is required to get an account on any of the Research Computing servers (note that we are no longer granting new accounts for the Emerald cluster). If you already have an Onyen, you can request access to these servers by visiting the Onyen Services page and selecting Subscribe to Services. Accounts on these servers are primarily available to faculty, staff and graduate students.

Storage and Data Management

ITS Research Computing provides an Oracle database server and professional database administration services for research projects at UNC-Chapel Hill. Development, test and production instances of databases can be supported. The ITS Research Computing database administrator applies updates and patches to the Oracle environment on at least a quarterly basis, ensuring that your database environment is up-to-date and secure.

Researchers are finding it increasingly common that granting agencies require the servers that host their data be in compliance with various federal guidelines. The most common request is for a server which is HIPAA compliant, but Research Computing now has spun up servers which are fully FISMA compliant. This requires not only careful server design, but the accompanying documentation needed to fulfill the requirements for compliance.

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Federal Information Security Management Act

Email us at research@unc.edu to get started.

Training

ITS Research Computing offers various short courses during the Summer, Fall, and Spring terms. To see a list of courses offered in the current term go here. We are also open to suggestions for new course offerings.

Our Team

Michael Barker
Assistant Vice Chancellor
919-962-4314
Michael_barker@unc.edu

Mark Reed
Research Associate
919-843-5113
markreed@email.unc.edu

Jim Glasson
System Programmer/Specialist
919-843-1175
jglasson@email.unc.edu