findings of subgroups
Mitch Smith, chair of Biological and Environmental Sciences,
Medicine, Nursing and Psychology subgroup
biological sciences subcommittee has been working to "identify
the important factors that will influence research computing over
the next four or five years," said Smith, a microbiologist.
issues have surfaced so far. One of these is the problem of insuring
computer security in a networked academic environment where many
individual systems are serving information to the Internet. A
second problem is how to efficiently manage advanced research
system clusters at the department and laboratory level. A third
problem is how to provide software programming support services
for research projects that may need them on a part-time basis.
Along with continuing to discuss these and other issues, the sub-group
is surveying peer institutions to learn how others might be handling
John Lloyd, chair of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities,
Business and Law subgroup
The social sciences subgroup has met with research staff from
the libraries' electronic centers and with faculty members who
use the GEOSTAT center's technology intensively, among others,
to talk about research needs.
of the most common concerns s that researchers find it beneficial
to have frequent contact with [support personnel] who know the
concepts and procedures of their specific discipline, as well
as the computing aspects of research," said education professor
John Lloyd, the chief technology officer for the Curry School.
addition, increasing bandwidth will continue to be important,
particularly for researchers who need to access data remotely
and quickly, and for future research that likely will take place
online, he said.
John Hawley, chair of Physical Sciences and Engineering
The physical sciences subgroup has met with ITC's research computing
support group, as well as other colleagues. In addition to other
topics, the subcommittee has focused on high-performance computing,
also referred to as "supercomputing," said astronomy professor
wish to ascertain what researchers need now, and what they will
need in the future to take advantage of the unprecedented capabilities
of high-performance parallel computing," he said. Both the Virginia
2020 Science and Technology report and the University's Strategic
Plan for Information Technology have underscored the need for
such a study.