Research Computing Environment
The Research Computing Environment (RCE) is a large powerful computer cluster that you can use for computations that are too large to be conveniently done on a personal computer
About the RCE
We designed our RCE cluster (a large, powerful pool of computers) around open standards for reliability, scalability, extensibility, and interoperability. We use hardware from major vendors and a standard, enterprise-grade Linux distribution customized to address the specific needs of our users.
Project space can be used privately, or shared with collaborators (hence the name, "shared space"). Because our researchers bring confidential data to the RCE, we keep all project space separate from your home directory.
Data & Software Environment
Data Levels Supported
IQSS/HMDC can only support up to Level 3 data.
When you apply for an RCE account, you are asked which category would best suit your needs. Therefore, you should know ahead of time if your data is rated as confidential information by your IRB.
The following statistical applications are available on the RCE:
- GAUSS (8, 14)
- Mathematica (latest version)
- MATLAB (latest version)
- Octave (latest version from EPEL repo)
- R (latest version from EPEL repo)
- SAS (latest version)
- Stata SE and MP (latest version)
Tools & Utilities
Many common code and text editors are available, such as:
Version control tools are available to interact source code repositories:
You can access the RCE login nodes from any modern workstation or laptop with a high-speed connection. Please note, you'll need to connect to Harvard's VPN in order to use the RCE, whether you are connecting via NoMachine (NX), or SFTP (eg FileZilla) or SSH.
A collaborative effort by IQSS and FAS Research Computing, Sid features a wide range of services, including data storage, hosting of virtual machines and databases, access to research software, cluster computing, and data science and research facilitation.
Sid is named in honor of the late Professor Sidney Verba, who is remembered for his contributions to political science and, as Director of the University Library, for pioneering the application of emerging digital technologies to the way information is accessed, stored, and used by libraries.
If you are interested in working in Sid, please have a look at our Getting Started documentation, and request an account.