TDAI Research Resources

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TDAI provides an array of support to advance data-enabled, interdisciplinary research and creative expression by core faculty and affiliates, with more new and improved resources also in development.

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TDAI has retained a variety of computing resources for use by institute core faculty, labs in residence, Catalyst and Accelerator pilot award recipients, and other institute-sponsored projects. TDAI Technology Solutions Engineer Steve Chang is available to consult with core faculty and research pilot investigators to assess project requirements and facilitate access to the appropriate resources, contingent on their availability.

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)

OSC provides computational resources, storage, network access, and cyberinfrastructure in the form of various high performance computing packages. TDAI is able to provide access through an OSC Campus Champions code, for projects that may be too small or early in their development cycle to qualify for a project code, or with a separately assigned project code. Project codes are of bounded duration and funding, based on the needs of the project.

TDAI core faculty and other researchers leading institute-sponsored projects are asked to provide an estimate of usage to TDAI. Estimates should include:

  • Estimated number of core hours needed
  • Estimated number of GPU compute hours needed
  • Amount of storage required

For Catalyst and Accelerator pilot awards, an aggregate of the estimates is used to ensure sufficient resources are available for all projects. TDAI periodically audits usage by the projects it funds at OSC to ensure resources remain available. If a project exceeds the estimated usage, its needs and scope can be revisited.

Note: Papers, posters or other publications that result from projects utilizing TDAI-sponsored access to OSC should recognize support by both OSC and TDAI (OSC citation guide: https://www.osc.edu/resources/getting_started/citation).

Commercial Cloud Services: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure

TDAI has accounts with both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure through partnerships with the OCIO and the providers that are handled administratively by TDAI and may be used to supplement or in place of physical compute and storage resources.

AWS and Azure have similar offerings for their cloud platforms, including CPU and GPU compute services, storage and networking, as well as software solutions in the form of databases, preconfigured server platforms and more. Note that not all products are available for use dependent on Ohio State policies and not all data can be stored using all services.

For both AWS and Azure accounts, a budget amount has been set via the procurement processes. The available budget is shared among all users of the cloud service.  Users must keep in mind budget constraints when using the service; the staff at TDAI can help determine the remaining resources available when accounting for all projects.

Learn more about AWS service at Ohio State

Learn more about Ohio State's Azure service

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TDAI supports the creation of a campus-wide Research Data Infrastructure, a collection of partnerships across the University to provide infrastructure and services to server researcher needs. As part of the Research Data Infrastructure, TDAI would provide the human infrastructure to integrate the necessary cyber-, information, and services infrastructures to provide the necessary support to enable
data-critical research and scholarship.

To serve immediate affiliate researcher needs while the Research Data Infrastructure is being created, TDAI has led in the creation of the Data Commons, a collection of data sets, metadata, tools and methods that is meant to be a place to collaborate using data.

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TDAI's Labs in Residence program provides space and living lab resources to interdisciplinary teams to enable funded projects and facilitate connections with other university researchers and with collaborators from industry and the community. Labs in Residence teams also receive assistance to address obstacles that may arise and to identify potential sources for future support. Project proposals are evaluated on their scholarly merit, interdisciplinary nature and translational potential, and awards may include: 

  • Designated space in Pomerene Hall
  • Up to $5,000 to outfit the lab (available funds permitting)
  • Compute resources
  • Data storage and sharing resources
  • Research development support

The next Labs in Residence RFP will be released in autumn 2022 or later.

Questions? Email Jenny Grabmeier.

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After several years awarding traditional seed grants, TDAI evolved its research investments to support compelling interdisciplinary science, scholarship and creative expression through workshops, coaching and negotiated access to university assets and services, in addition to funding. We also partner with other OSU entities to resource projects that reflect shared priority areas. And we assist teams with finding collaborators and identifying next-step extramural opportunities to leverage successful projects and grow ideas.

Catalyst Grants for interdisciplinary teams to conduct research pilots with the intent to pursue extramural funding and publishing opportunities may include:

  • Up to $50,000 (available funds permitting)
  • Negotiated access to restricted or pay-for-use OSU assets
  • Priority TDAI space usage
  • Compute resources
  • Data storage and sharing resources
  • Personnel resources (e.g., TDAI postdoc fellows, data analytics undergrads, capstones, interns)
  • Research development support

Accelerator Grants for TDAI core faculty to initiate promising interdisciplinary teams and ideas may include:

  • Up to $10,000 (available funds permitting)
  • Priority TDAI space usage
  • Compute resources
  • Data storage and sharing resources
  • Data analytics undergrad resources
  • Research development support

The next request for Accelerator and Catalyst proposals will be released in September 2020.

Questions? Email Jenny Grabmeier.

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TDAI core faculty and affiliates can utilize space within Pomerene Hall for working sessions, meetings, events and more, contingent on space availability.

More about TDAI spaces and how to access and reserve them

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TDAI support is available for researchers interested in hosting academic workshops around specific topics to spark research ideas, teams and projects. Support can include space, staff support, facilitation and more.

All topics are welcome. Topics related to Environment and Sustainability, Responsible Data Science, and Smart Cities and Mobility are especially encouraged.

To propose or discuss a workshop, email Jenny Grabmeier a brief description of the topic, proposed agenda and invitees, and an approximate timeframe.