Welcome to Research IT Announcements

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Research IT Announcements is a blog used to communicate with UCI faculty and other researchers those activities, initiatives, and resources within OIT that service research information technology on campus.

The occasional emails sent to the UCI-Research-IT-announce maillist are also displayed as posts on this blog.

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Professional Programming Services Available to UCI Researchers

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Campus Researchers

Recently, the Office of Information Technology has made professional programming staff time available to campus researchers to support their research computing efforts.  Long time campus programming expert, Garr Updegraff, has joined OIT’s Research Computing Support (RCS) group to support both RCS services, like the HPC cluster and GIS services, but also to directly assist campus researchers with their programming challenges.  Garr is familiar with many common high level computing languages, C, Fortan, Pascal, as well as scripting languages like PERL.  He is also an expert in modern database systems such as Oracle, mySQL, and other SQL- based databases and web programming in a wide variety of services and sites.

Examples of projects Garr has worked on for the campus include the UCI’s Schedule of Classes program WebSOC and the instructor programs WebRoster and WebGrades. More recently he has helped researchers in the Genomics High Throughput Facility install and inter-operate a suite of very complex software into a streamlined work pipeline.

As with other members of the RCS group, Garr is available to consult and assist on small scale requests and projects as your colleague at no cost to the research group.  Longer term projects or inclusion on grants for Garr’s time are available under several recharge models based on the duration and depth of the work being suggested.

Garr can be reached at garru@uci.edu or 824-7902 with his office at 225 Multipurpose Science and Technology Bldg.

Outreach to Faculty with Computer Storage Problems

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Computer data storage in the age of Big and Bigger data is a continuing problem, both in the amount of data you have to store and in the way that you and your colleagues wish to interact and collaborate with it.

There are a variety of data storage options available to you of which you may not be aware. They differ enormously in share-ability (sharing sets of files with sets of people), sync-ability (having files on one device replicated on another), capacity, speed, cost, and ease of use. Many of the most useful are not supported by OIT and academic filesharing can differ significantly compared to commercially supported filesharing. Dr Cristina Lopes of ICS has a nice essay about this problem here:


Some other approaches are described here:


Whether you read the above links or not, if you have a storage problem that relates to your work, I’d be happy to consult with you and provide you at least my humble opinion as to what approaches you might consider and help you solve your problems.

While most of these approaches are not officially supported by OIT, they may still be useful, and depending on your enthusiasm for the approach and your vocality, they may become supported (where the people lead, the leaders will eventually follow).


Harry Mangalam
Research Computing Support, OIT, Rm 225 MSTB, UC Irvine
[m/c 2225] / 92697 Google Voice Multiplexer: (949) 478-4487
415 South Circle View Dr, Irvine, CA, 92697 [shipping]
MSTB Lat/Long: (33.642025,-117.844414) (paste into Google Maps)

UCI’s Research Computing and Networking Advisory

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A companion web site to this blog is the Research Computing and Networking Advisory (RCNA).  The advisory (comprised of UCI faculty and staff from OIT, The Libraries, academic IT departments, and the Office of Research) provides direction for UCI’s campus-wide growth in research computing and networking, and guides OIT’s research computing services, strategies, and policies.  If you are interested in research computing at UCI you may want to follow the activities of RCNA via this website:


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