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Introductions


2019 April Research IT Club

Simon Hood

its-ri-team@manchester.ac.uk

Head of Research IT Infrastructure and Platforms,
IT Services, University of Manchester




 

RLP Intro

RLP Overview

Workstream 1: e-Research Infrastructure
  • Compute and storage — on-site and Cloud;
  • people!
Workstream 2: Research Data Lifecycle/Management
  • Research data storage and archive;
  • publication and respositories.
Workstream 3: Research Administration
  • Grant development, funding management. . .
  • Processes, tools, systems, teams. . .




 

Headline News!


First Major RLP Delivery!

In Production: RLP 'Z'




 

N8 CIR

N8 Computationally Intensive Research

  • Born out of N8-HPC
  • Contract finally signed!
  • Less focused on HPC — more on "everything"
  • Two current themes: Digital Health, Digital Humanities.



 

cloudAWS

What are we up to with Cloud?

AWS via Research IT (RLP 'O')
  • RIT AWS Organisations;
  • aggregated procurements and discounts; enables RIT tech support; direct charges to grant accounts; security. . .
Free Stuff (For Now)
  • Credits from AWS + RLP Funds
  • Developing AWS-based services for you — early adopters?




 

Phase One M and K


What else are we buying?

  1. 16 * Nvidia V100 GPUs, 182k.
  2. 3 * 1.5 TB RAM compute nodes, 72k.
  3. 10 * STD compute nodes (320 cores), 72k.
  4. Cloud (AWS) resources, 84k.
    • e.g. for Shiny, Jupyter. . .
Ordered in January. ETA end of April. . .



  • Soon: 52 Nvidia V100 GPUs available
    • 12 FATPOU; remainder priority to contributors.




 

Phase Two M and K


Your input required!

  • Another 360k expected available from August. . .
  • One workshop remaining:
    • Sackville Street Building D35
    • Tue 09 Apr 2019
    • 11:30 – 13:00
  • What should we buy?




 

Two Year Post


Two-year G7 post in my team

  • Help manage research platforms/people central/on campus
  • Develop and support project-specific infrastructure, central platforms
  • Decent chance of extension (no guarantees).