Michigan State University

Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER)

Description

The Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) provides the cyber infrastructure for researchers from across academia and industry to perform their computational research. iCER supports multidisciplinary research in all facets of computational sciences. The center continually works to enhance MSU’s national and international presence and competitive edge in disciplines and research that rely on advanced computing. 

Service Areas

  • Research Data Planning & Design
  • Short Term Data Storage & File Sharing
  • Data Study & Analysis
  • Data Publishing & Reuse

see also http://icer.msu.edu/services for full catalog of iCER services

Target Clientele

  • Faculty
  • Graduate students
  • Other MSU affiliated unit/department

 

Web Address

http://icer.msu.edu/

https://wiki.hpcc.msu.edu

Contact

Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research
Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd. Rm. 1443
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-9309
https://contact.icer.msu.edu/contact

Description of Research Data Support Services

Research Data Planning & Design

  • Grant Writing: provides support for grant writers who need to include the use of computing and storage resources in their proposals
  • Research Design: provides some consulting with users
  • Data Management: provides high-speed temporary and short-term storage, with an option to purchase additional storage space
  • Cost Sharing: provides cost sharing for mission-related post-doctoral students and equipment with approval from the center’s director
  • Other Services: provides thousands of processor cores with specialized software and hardware to support cyber-enabled research
    • 2,000+ research software titles installed

Short Term Data Storage &File Sharing

  • Backup Policy: has hourly on-site snapshots and nightly off-site backups
  • Storage Quota: 
    • 50 GB default and up to 1 TB provided for free
    • If more than 1 TB is needed, it can be purchased for a fee
  • Cost of Storage: 
    • No charge for less than 1 TB
    • $175 per TB per year for each TB over 1 TB
  • Maximum Retention Period: lifetime of iCER account + 6 months
  • Security & Access Policies: 
    • NetID and public-key authentication for system access
    • Secured using standard POSIX permissions: by default, access is limited to a single user; multi-user sharing managed by Unix group accounts
    • NFS access to internal systems only
    • CIFS access on-campus: access is available externally via VPN or SSH
    • Backups are encrypted over-the-wire, but not at rest: can provide method for user-applied encryption if requested
  • File Sharing
  • Project Data Sharing
    • Web services/hosting: hosts virtualized web interfaces (primarily bioinformatics) and simple web-based data sharing for HPC users
    • Database development, management, or hosting: provides database hosting on internal networks and web-facing applications

Data Study & Analysis

  • Provides computational science consulting and programming advice

Data Publishing & Reuse

  • Web services/hosting: hosts virtualized web interfaces (primarily bioinformatics) and simple web-based data sharing for HPC users
  • Database development, management, or hosting: provides database hosting on internal networks and limited web-facing applications