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. Drs. Berman and Parashar provided invaluable leadership in the early establishment of the Office.
Today, OARC is led by the University’s Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing, J. Barr von Oehsen. Under Dr. von Oehsen, the vision, mission, and goals of the Office of Advanced Research Computing have been clearly defined while the department’s policies and procedures continue to develop. The research community is strongly represented and advocated for by OARC’s Faculty Advisory Board. alongside the OARC team, and our parent organizations, ORED and OIT.
To position Rutgers as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in and provider of advanced research computing/cyberinfrastructure (ACI) to advance the frontiers of research, pedagogy, and innovation.
To provide strategic leadership, expertise, and support to further Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements on all campuses through next generation computing, data science, networking, and creative learning environments in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Office of Information Technology, and the academic and research communities, both internal and external.
- 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