Grants and Acknowledgements
Researchers can showcase the availability of HPC resources at their disposal while writing competitive grant applications. The availability of centralized high-performance computing, networking and consulting services is becoming an increasingly essential requirement for computationally-intensive science.
Please find specific guidelines to adding support language to your grant applications and referencing ACER in your publications.
Grant Support Language
The following standard support language can be added in grant applications by researchers looking to secure funding for computing resources in UIC Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER):
Researchers can utilize Extreme, a shared high-performance computing cluster, operated by Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Extreme is a Linux-based cluster that consists of 200 Dell C8000 series nodes with 16 or 20 cores per node, Intel Xeon CPU E5-2670 @ 2.60 GHz having a local memory of 128 GB and two 500 GB on-board hard drives. Nodes can readily exchange data over the dedicated network at the rate of 40 Gbps by utilizing a QDR Infiniband network. Extreme also includes three high memory nodes with 32 cores and 1 TB memory each allowing researchers to run high memory jobs more efficiently. Extreme provides a shared Lustre filesystem capacity of 280 TB to researchers enabling faster read-write performance during job processing and 1.1 PB raw persistent storage to researchers to store their data.
UIC researchers can also request access to the SABER (Shared Analytics and Big Data Enterprise Resource) cluster to perform Big Data computations on a per-use basis. Research Computing as a Services (RCaaS) is ideal for researchers who require sporadic access to compute resources and do not wish to make an upfront investment in dedicated capacity for their group. This on-demand service can also be used by researchers who are beginning to explore distributed computing or Big Data architectures for their research. Researchers will be charged on a monthly basis based on their node-level (resource-level) utilization for that month.
Both clusters are housed at the Roosevelt Road Building where space, power, and cooling are provided by ACCC. Routine checks for backup power, cooling and fire suppression systems are performed in an auditable manner. The cluster is being managed by a strong team of experienced HPC professionals guided by an engaged executive governance board providing timely and continuous oversight.
In addition, UIC researchers can request access to UIC’s High-Performance Research Network (HPRNet) that provides them access to dedicated data expressways which in turn connect to other Research and Educations (R&E) data networks, also commonly known as Internet2. HPRNet enables data-intensive scientific collaborations across the world by facilitating bulk data transfers over GridFTP technology.
Please reference Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER) in your research publications to highlight the use of our facility and its resources. Following language can be used by researchers to cite computational resources and services provided by ACER at the University of Illinois at Chicago:
“The authors gratefully acknowledge the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER) group at the University of Illinois at Chicago for providing computational resources and services needed to deliver research results delivered within this paper. URL: https://acer.uic.edu”
In addition, we kindly ask you to notify us of any reports, conference papers, journal articles, thesis, poster and talks which contain results obtained using any ACER resources or services by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and providing DOIs and the resource used. In case you do not have a DOI, please supply the following information:
- Journal, Volume
- Pages or Editors
- Address or URL
Alternatively, you can submit a form with the required information in the link mentioned above.