XSEDE - Providing the Power to Do More with Your Data

Randolph Pfaff
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 10:00am

As a member of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), Tufts Technology Services provides access to high-performance computing resources, as well as data management and visualization. XSEDE equips researchers with a single access point to computing, data analysis, and shared expertise. 

What is XSEDE?
Funded by the National Science Foundation, XSEDE lowers barriers to advanced computing and data analysis by creating a gateway to a secure environment that provides a robust suite of resources, services, and support. Through an accessible web interface, researchers can run high-performance computing jobs, access a rapid data transfer service, and use data visualization tools that help clearly communicate complex findings.

What does all of this mean in practice?
Researchers across the Tufts campuses are tapping into XSEDE to enhance their work. Among them is Daniel Lobo, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Levin Lab. He uses the power of Tufts High Performance Computing and XSEDE to run millions of computer-simulated experiments that help us understand the process by which planarian worms are able to regenerate fully-functional bodies from even small amputated pieces of the worm. The results of this research have had a wide-ranging impact in other fields, from synthetic biology to regenerative medicine.

In addition to providing computing resources that are integral to cross-disciplinary research, XSEDE offers online and in-person training and events covering programming language basics, data visualization techniques, data management, and more. 

How do I get started?
To find out more about how XSEDE can benefit you, check out the getting started guideIf access to XSEDE could enhance your work at Tufts, please review the information provided by Research and Geospatial Technology Services, who will collaborate with you during the account application and approval process, and provide support during your use of the service.