History

In 2011, Rutgers’ esteemed researchers Helen Berman and Manish Parashar recognized the critical need of the University to “develop and implement a bold strategic vision for an ACI ecosystem that will provide researchers with essential computing and data handling capabilities and expertise, and students with necessary exposure and training” (Berman, H., Parashar, M., et al., 2013. Accelerating innovation through advanced cyberinfrastructure: A strategic vision for research cyberinfrastructure at Rutgers.). Furthermore, the need for a communications conduit between the University’s researchers and IT groups brought Dr. Berman, Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Director Emerita of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank (PDB), and Founding Director of the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research at Rutgers, and Dr. Parashar, Director of Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and Distinguished Professor Department of Computer Science, to champion the development of OARC.

They constructed an ACI Strategic Planning committee, undertook several years of extensive research and fact finding missions, and advocated for the inclusion of a new Office of Advanced Research Computing within President Robert Barchi’s overall Rutgers Strategic Plan. Recognizing this mission as critical, OARC  was officially announced by President Barchi in February 2015, and made extensive progress in its first official year of existence.

Today, the vision, mission, and goals of the Office of Advanced Research Computing are in the process of finalization with the help of the department’s Faculty Advisory Board and Drs. Berman and Parashar, who’s input have been invaluable to the establishment of the Office alongside the University’s new Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing, J. Barr von Oehsen.

Vision

To make Rutgers a nationally and internationally recognized leader in and provider of advanced computing/cyberinfrastructure (ACI) to enable research.

Mission

To provide strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements on all campuses through next generation computing, data science, networking, and creative learning environments through partnership and collaborations with the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Office of Information Technology, and the academic and research communities, both internal and external.

Goals

  • Grow, develop, design, and build a world class One-Rutgers ACI ecosystem to meet current and future needs of the research community across all campuses
  • Grow and develop an ACI education, outreach, and training (workforce development) program aimed at developing a community of next generation ACI users and practitioners
  • Offer user, application, and system support on OARC maintained resources so as to meet the needs of the Rutgers research communities on all campuses
  • Build an environment that fosters collaboration between diverse communities both internal and external
  • Increase university and industry partnerships
  • Identify new cyberinfrastructure funding opportunities and projects to foster sustainability, growth, and innovation. We will partner with Faculty, not compete.
  • Present IT as a strategic asset rather than a utility
  • Develop cloud strategies to create new opportunities for the Rutgers community (includes Open Science Grid, XSEDE, Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google)
  • Align OARC projects and priorities with Rutgers University goals, priorities, and mission