University of Cincinnati Campus CyberInfrastructure Plan - 2020

The University of Cincinnati has a robust enterprise network that provides network services for greater than 45,000 faculty, staff, and students across several campuses, however, the demand for shared computing power, ever-increasing data volumes, and higher network capacities are all on exponential growth paths. To address the changing needs of the academic and research communities, this plan outlines a comprehensive cyber-infrastructure framework that has the potential to revolutionize science, engineering, and other research disciplines across the University of Cincinnati.
At the core of the plan is the expansion of a friction-free campus networking architecture that facilitates the growth of UC's Research Ecosystem. Key goals include:

  • Modify and Enhance UCScienceNet (UCSN), a 100Gb Science DMZ following the model of ESnet and incorporating best practices and lessons learned for monitoring and tuning network performance to provide broader access to central storage and compute resources. Implement the new network design pattern recommended by the NSF EPOC team.
  • Expand High-Performance Compute (HPC) resources, leveraging the existing baseline HPC infrastructure and expand capacity to the entire campus research community via the Advanced Research Computing initiative.
  • Expand local Research Storage environments, including a HIPAA compliant storage, data transfer nodes and Globus file transfer mechanism.
  • Continue IPv6 Implementation and transition plans in conjunction with academic sponsorship.
  • Become an InCommon "Silver Assurance" Identity Provider, to provide federated login access to online services that require a greater confidence in identity.

The University of Cincinnati is committed to implementing this Cyberinfrastructure Plan to fully embrace the mission and vision of enabling transformative academic and research initiatives.