High Performance Computing & Data Analysis

The Research Computing Group runs High Performance Computing facilities that support computationally intensive research. Researchers can solve complex equations and problems using applications that require high bandwidth and high computational capabilities. HPC resources are funded by a National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement grant, the state of West Virginia, WVU Research Corp. and faculty investments.

  MATLAB is offered free to any WVU researcher using the HPC clusters. A full list of data-analysis software and data visualization tools that ITS offers through HPC is available here.

Grant Administration

WVU Kuali Coeus (WVU+kc) is the electronic research administration tool the University uses for research compliance, submission of external funding proposals, administration of externally-funded awards and electronic funding notifications. 

High Speed Internet

University researchers now have access to high-speed, high-volume Internet connections that offer faster, easier and more reliable transfer of data. To request access to the new WVU Research Exchange (REX), researchers should open a new ticket via the HPC Help Desk, select “Request Science DMZ Access” in the Help Topic box, complete the required fields, then click on Create Ticket.

WVU is also a member of Internet2, a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium for U.S. universities, in cooperation with leading corporations, government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning, regional and state research and education networks and national research and education networking organizations representing over 50 countries.

Data Storage & Data Access

WVU’s Research Computing Group offers multiple storage options. For project specific-storage, HPC users have access to more than 400 TB FREE storage and can also purchase group storage on the cluster that will allow data to be easily shared between researchers. Additionally, long-term data storage options are offered through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

To access your research data when working off-campus, ITS provides the ability to connect remotely to campus computers, network drives, and work stations using a tool called MasterApps (Citrix).

Sensitive Data Practices Storage

Beginning Sept. 24, 2016, you will be required to answer this new question regarding your research data when submitting IRB protocols and proposals in WVU+kc, “Will this project be collecting sensitive data or have data protection requirements?” Research at WVU often involves “sensitive data,” but what qualifies goes beyond private medical or educational records. To assist you in making these determinations, ITS provides clear and unambiguous guidance here, as well as some Frequently Asked Questions here.

Survey Software

Qualtrics software is available to faculty and staff for developing, administering and analyzing the results of surveys. Get access at the  Qualtrics login page. Results can be summarized in reports or exported to Excel for further processing. Statistical software that can be licensed through  SLIC are SAS, JMP, and SPSS.  

WVU Repository of Scholarly Documents

wvuScholar is a portal to WVU graduate, undergraduate, faculty and administrative research collections. The institutional repository includes eTD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations), eHT (Electronic Honors Theses), and eSRA (Electronic Scholarly Resources Archive).

Information Technology Research

The  Gartner Group provides research on topics on information technology and the information technology industry.