Computing Support Center opens
By Rebecca Arrington
graduate students and staff have a new facility where they can
go to explore research technologies and use specialized software
and hardware -- ITC's Research Computing Support Center. Located
in Wilson Hall room 244, the new center, which opened Oct. 14,
is equipped with Unix workstations, WinTel computers and a Macintosh.
Staffed by ITC employees and advanced student consultants, the
center provides support for research and statistical computing
needs across disciplines, and offers workshops on software packages
it supports. For example, the center can help users:
replicate a statistical analysis described in a journal article;
write a journal or conference submission using LaTex software;
the appropriate resources to perform a long-running or memory-intensive
choose software for computer simulations of dynamical systems.
Researchers needing center assistance can walk in, phone (243-8800),
.edu), or visit its web site (www.itc.virginia.edu/research).
"There has been a renewed focus within ITC on the needs of
the research community," said Dawn Adelsberger-Mangan, ITC's
Research Computing Support Group manager. It began several years
ago with the creation of her group, which is "dedicated to
providing technologically advanced support in the areas of high-performance
computing, statistical computing, scientific word processing,
mathematical computing, data visualization, and data access and
"The center is the latest of our efforts to provide advanced
support to the University research community. Business has been
steady since the center opened and is picking up day by day,"