Center for Research Computing documentation
The Center for Research Computing (CRC) manages shared computational and data resources for a wide range of research projects affiliated with Rice University and the Texas Medical Center.
The CRC administers and maintains infrastructure in four core service areas: Shared Computing Clusters, the Research Data Facility, the High-Speed Data Transfer Infrastructure, High-Performance Visualization, and Virtual Machines. While these services often fit together, each provides unique capabilities designed to accommodate specific research tasks.
This page gives an overview of these services, with links to more detailed information on each of them. If you have any questions or find that the services below do not meet your research computing needs, contact our CRC staff via ticket.
High-powered computing resources for big datasets.
- Visualization Help
- Research Virtual Machines (ORION)
- Remote Access to Services and Resources
- Research Client Services
- Get Help
- External Unsupported Resource Pointers
- Part of the mission of the CRC is to serve as an onramp for our researchers to scale their problems up to the minimum size requirements at big national supercomputing resources. One such national resource is the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment or XSEDE
When your project has outgrown your desktop.
NOTS (x86_64) Getting Started
- Decommissioned Clusters
- RTC March 15th, 2009
- ADA July 15th, 2011
- SUGAR July 1st, 2014
- Blue Gene/P June 3rd, 2015
STIC January 29th, 2016
Blue BioU August 21st, 2018
Blue Gene/Q December 31st, 2018
DAVinCI August 30th, 2019
PowerOmics December 11th, 2020
- Access to Shared Computing Resources
When your project has outgrown your hard disk.
- Cluster Data Backup, Recovery, Compliance, Regulatory Controls, and Restrictions
- Research Data Facility
High-speed data transfer (When your project is too big for a regular FTP transfer. Specialized, NSF-funded infrastructure for moving large-scale data sets)
Globus Data transfer nodes (DTN)
Works with: scratch, work, projects, and home directories, your Rice G Suite Google Drive, and remote sites using Globus
- Off-Campus Transferring to Shared Computing Resources if you can't use Globus
- General OIT Google Drive Information
- General OIT Box Information
Help with Visualization of data.
A secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases
Help when your project needs virtual machines.
- Commercial options currently available through Amazon AWS and Google Cloud Computing. The CRC can help you to get a quote and even to get started. Google currently offers $300 in credits to new users. Additionally for Researchers Google offers Research Credits
- Owl Research Infrastructure Open Nebula (ORION) VM Pool on Rice Campus
- Decommissioned Resources
Shared Pool of Integrated Computing Environments (SPICE) Decommissioned: March 27th, 2018
- We offer system administration for your local resources (currently Linux) Desktops, Laptops, Clusters, etc... provided they meet certain criteria. Please contact us to discuss.
- We offer consultation in tandem with your divisional representative for your local research resources