Boosting Team Science

For Kosali Simon, a nationally known health economist, IU’s supercomputers are vital to her work studying the causes and consequences of the opioid crisis and the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Simon needs supercomputing power to analyze large data sets and a user-friendly interface to collaborate with students and colleagues in her role as the Herman B Wells Endowed Professor in the IU Bloomington O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Together with her students and faculty collaborators, Simon uses Research Desktop (aka RED), a graphical desktop service, to access IU’s Carbonate supercomputer. UITS developed RED to be particularly helpful to users who are unaccustomed to working in Unix-like, command-line environments, and to teams who would like a shared computing setting.

“RED lets my students and me use a familiar interface on our personal computers to analyze complex data using analytical applications remotely on Carbonate,” Simon said. “These resources really enable team science.”

Research Technologies by the numbers

$312,136,928in grant awards supported by UITS Research Technologies in 2018

1,159grants to users supported by Research Technologies in 2018

154IU departments ran jobs on high performance computing systems or used Karst Desktop or Research Desktop in 2018