Research Cloud Infrastructure

Research Cloud Services

Research Cloud Services

This service provides virtual servers in the BCRI private cloud for UCC researchers and research projects. Virtual servers are run on the private cloud architecture housed in the Western Gateway Building in the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics (BCRI). One or more servers can be requested and created for a research project with very little lead time. The choice of servers range from lightweight web servers using LAMP up to high-memory and high compute power instances such as 48 CPUs and 512 GB of RAM in a single server.

In addition to the virtual server resources available, data storage is offered. Up to 50TB of short-term (< 3 months) storage is available while approximately 35TB of storage is available for longer term storage.

Processing

Virtual servers can be provided to match the processing needs of a given research project. Such as image processing, numerical modelling, and rendering are all supported. Common profiles include:

  • Conference based – heavy use for a month or so, several times a year
  • Experiment bases – heavy usage followed by lighter use for post processing
  • Final year PhD – light use, followed by sustained heavy use
  • High Performance Computing – extremely heavy use for short bursts throughout the year

Storage

Scalable storage is available for researchers, accessible over the campus LAN. This storage can be presented as locally-attached disk to any research cloud virtual server.
Multi-platform - The research cloud can support Linux or Windows OS-based virtual servers.


What does the service not provide?

Integrity or availability of the data is not facilitated by this service. The researcher/owner of the data remains responsible for backup and data security.
The research cloud IT administration does not provide software or development services.

Service requests

Register your request for service by using the online form below. A valid Agresso internal requisition is also required. The process is described here.

Server Type

CPUs

RAM

Storage

Cost

Standard

4

4GB

50GB

€250 /month

€3,000 /year

Compute

16

48GB

50GB

€320 /month

€3,840 /year

Hi-Mem

32

256GB

50GB

€850 /month

€10,200 /year

Hi-Compute

48

128GB

50GB

€850 /month

€10,200 /year

Hi-Storage

4

8GB

10TB single instance

€750 /month

€9000 /year

Requester's Name*:

Name of the person making the request

Requester's Email*:

Requester's Phone:

Department*:

UCC organisational unit with which the project is associated?

Project Name*:

Name of the project using the research cloud

Project PI*:

Who is the primary investigator for the project?

PI's Email:

Type of server*:

(See table above for explanation of server types

Software Requirement:

Sensitivity of Data to be stored*:

Indicate the sensitivity of the data you will be storing as this has data protection implications.

Cost Code (Agresso):

Additional Information:

Please Note:

Research Cloud Infrastructure

Summary: A service offering internal cloud computing infrastructure as a service for the UCC community.

Primary users of this service: Staff, Researchers

Who to contact to use this service: Brian Clayton | E: b.clayton@cs.ucc.ie | T: +353 (0)21 420 5934 | IT Services |

Contact to discuss this service:

Strategic Focus: Research

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