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Computing services for MIDAS members

HPC Services

The MIDAS Coordination Center (MCC) provides Cloud-based and on-site High-Performance Computing (HPC) services to MIDAS members. HPC Services are funded by the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and are free of charge for MIDAS members from  non-commercial organizations. HPC service possibilities for members from commercial organizations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The MCC has created an account with Google Cloud Platform for MIDAS members in collaboration with the NIH Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) program for Cloud Computing. The MCC also has access to the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research Computing HPC capability. Availability of free-of-charge HPC services through the MCC depends on availability of funding. In case of limitations in availability, the MCC will work with MIDAS members, funders, and HPC providers to request additional funding or to use member-contributed funding to purchase discounted cloud computing through its contracts with providers through STRIDES.

HPC services include compute time and training/support services and are available for a wide range of user backgrounds, ranging from entirely inexperienced to highly experienced users. The MCC will design HPC solutions for MIDAS members in collaboration with each MIDAS member on a case-by-case basis. To start the process, MIDAS members can request HPC services by completing this form.

Terms and conditions for usage

Users of the MCC cloud compute resources are not allowed to install or use any software or data that are under protected control, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Personally Identifiable Information (PII) without explicit approval.

 

MIDAS members that use MCC-based HPC services are expected to make a reasonable effort to share datasets, models, software, and/or workflows, at some point during the project or after its completion. A brief data sharing plan will be requested as part of the project description. To minimize the burden on MIDAS members, the MCC will support implementation of the data sharing plan through its data services.

Requesting HPC

To request HPC services, please submit a brief 2-page proposal to computing@midasnetwork.us. The proposal includes administrative information, project information, and a preliminary assessment of HPC needs in case those are known. Based on the proposal, user needs will be assessed and a tailored HPC solution will be developed. MCC staff and Google engineers will be available to help MIDAS member when needed.