Cyberinfrastructure

Technology at the University to accelerate research, enhance discovery, and improve scholarly productivity.

New Structure

As of Summer 2020 the High Performance Computing department is now under Cyberinfrastructure.

"Cyberinfrastructure (or, "CI") is a fabric of highly-connected systems for information and data acquisition, visualization, computing, storage, and associated human expertise serving end-to-end scientific and engineering workflows to improve scholarly productivity and enable breakthroughs not otherwise possible."

- NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

An emerging program for research technology support

As the University moves to a Carnegie R1 operating tempo, the institution is setting the stage for collaborative cyberinfrastructure development that engages across administration, academic divisions and research disciplines. Research & Innovation, the Office of Information Technology and the faculty-led Cyberinfrastructure Committee are working together to provide effective technology infrastructure and support to meet the dynamic needs of research, scholarly and creative activities across campus.

National research funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy (DoE) have recognized the critical role that technology plays in all aspects of today’s science and engineering work. These organizations have pioneered large-scale cyberinfrastructure in the form of fast networks and supercomputing, and are now guiding efforts to coordinate investment in research technology support at all scales.

In keeping with these national developments, a robust and sustainable cyberinfrastructure remains essential for research efforts at the University to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, increase in scale and efficiency, and lead in scientific discovery.

Get involved at an early stage!

Building the cyberinfrastructure we need at the University requires a new approach to investment and planning across lab, department, school, college, and institutional boundaries. While CI is currently being coordinated from within the Office of Information Technology, all research units are stakeholders. Investments in technology and human expertise are decadal in scale, transcending grant cycles and state budgets.

Participate in technology surveys, engage in annual CI Day inreach, and get to know your faculty Campus CI Committee representatives. If you have a project or proposal that aligns with one of our Research Technology Service pilots below, get involved and accelerate your research at the same time. Contact Dr. Scotty Strachan, the Cyberinfrastructure Director, at strachan@unr.edu to find out more.

Research technology services

The University’s ad-hoc Cyberinfrastructure team is dedicated to supporting research through development of the following pilot technology services within a subsidized cost structure, in concert with faculty/project partners and early adopters.

The cyberinfrastructure plan

The faculty Campus CI Committee has created and approved a strategic document that outlines the scope and plan for cyberinfrastructure at the University. We welcome you to view this planning document and provide feedback.

Governance

Core cyberinfrastructure is currently financed by a combination of funds from the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Office of Research and Innovation (R&I), generous donations, and extramural grants. Individual researchers, departments, and colleges can also participate to increase their dedicated resources within the cyberinfrastructure technology services portfolio with help from the cyberinfrastructure team. Contact Dr. Scotty Strachan, the Cyberinfrastructure Director, to find out more.

Cybersecurity

The University’s strategic approach to cybersecurity is a policy-driven data classification methodology, combined with strong technical safeguards and proactive user engagement with campus Information Security. This allows deployment of clear and concise data policies, along with an agile data governance environment, to provide a secure and adaptable framework for increasing the ability to do research on both regulated and non-regulated data. Information Security partners with our academic Cybersecurity Center to enhance training and education.

Training and education

Learn more about cyberinfrastructure at the University and get both the training and education you need. Watch this space for future training opportunities and announcements!

Cyberinfrastructure news

The latest news and events from the University of Nevada's Cyberinfrastructure Department.

Graham Kent visiting the site of the 2020 Valley Fire in Southern California

Research technology transforms how first responders fight fires

Video highlights technology and thought-leadership behind ALERTWildfire, developed through the Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Seven faculty members view demonstration of a large-size "two-photon" microscope

$11 million grant advances research at the forefront of cardiovascular disease

Biggest Little Research: Significant NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence support builds on molecular and cellular expertise to address the leading cause of death

Dr. Snow conducts neuroscience research with a student on campus.

University to hold inaugural Cyberinfrastructure Day March 27th

Academic researchers to converse with University leadership and technology providers about campus research technology support