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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).

IBM Watson

Watson is an IBM cognitive computing system that solves problems and answers questions by using advanced natural language processing, information retrieval, knowledge representation, automated reasoning and machine-learning technologies (often referred to as artificial intelligence). Watson sorts Big Data to filter out noise and identify specific resources that can help researchers find the right answer to a question. Watson is free for WVU faculty, staff and students.

Sensitive Data vs Protected Data

What’s considered sensitive data? Here are some examples: Data that is subject to federal laws including, but not limited to: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); Export Administration Regulations (EAR); personally identifiable information (PII) such as birthdates and Social Security numbers; and financial information like credit card and banking data. This kind of data should be securely stored to ensure confidentiality. Learn more about identifying and storing sensitive data.

All sensitive data must be securely stored, but your project could also be subject to additional data protection requirements. This is the case if the project sponsor or the owner of the data sets you are using specifically outlines requirements that: data be stored on an encrypted computer; data be stored on a computer that is not connected to the Internet; or data be stored on a computer in a locked room. Learn more about identifying and implementing data protection requirements.

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).