Announcing U-M Research Computing Package, provided by ITS

To: 
U-M faculty, Ph.D. students, and deans, directors and department heads
From: 
Ravi Pendse
Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

With support from President Schlissel and executive leadership, we are excited to announce a new package of supercomputing resources for researchers and Ph.D. students on all U‑M campuses: the U‑M Research Computing Package, provided by Information and Technology Services.

The U‑M Research Computing Package will reduce the current rates for high performance computing and research storage services provided by ITS by an estimated 35-40 percent, effective July 1. In addition, beginning Sept. 1, university researchers will have access to a base allocation for high-performance computing and research storage services (including high-speed and archival storage) at no cost, thanks to an additional investment from ITS. These base allocations will meet the needs of approximately 75 percent of current high‑performance computing users and 90 percent of current research storage users.

The package was developed by ITS to meet needs across a diversity of disciplines and to provide options for long‑term data management, sharing and protecting sensitive data, and more competitive cost structures that give faculty and research teams more flexibility to procure resources on short notice.

Additional details are described on the Advanced Research Computing website.

Data, computation, and machine learning are at the center of research and a cornerstone of learning. This investment is an important step toward remaining competitive in faculty and student recruitment — helping us to continue to attract high‑quality faculty and students, offer risk‑free experimentation, eliminate barriers, and allow researchers to focus on their work, rather than the underlying technology.

We want to thank all researchers and their support staff, along with our talented and innovative students, for their commitment to the betterment of the university community, the State of Michigan, and beyond. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ravi at rpendse@umich.edu.

Sincerely,

Susan M. Collins, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rebecca Cunningham, M.D.
Vice President for Research

Ravi Pendse, Ph.D.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

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