About the ACC

The Advanced Computing Center (ACC) is a fee-for-service group that provides services for those with computing needs not met by enterprise IT offerings. 

The ACC offers hosting, storage and consulting services for projects that have no direct patient care dependencies. In order to keep costs affordable for the OHSU research community, ACC is a "best effort" shop that does not have the personnel to provide on-demand 24/7 support. 

The ACC is also home to the Exacloud compute cluster and the Research Data Storage (RDS) platform.

Location

The facility is housed in a 2,000 square foot data center that provides redundant systems for power, physical security and ample room for growth. Learn more about Data Center West.

Platforms

The center currently runs Windows server, Ubuntu LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but has been designed to accommodate almost any current operating system required by the OHSU research community.

The Exacloud compute cluster platform, operated by ACC, provides a batch scheduled compute cluster resource for the OHSU research community.

The ACC also provides access to select tools from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Billing

Typically ACC bills on a calendar year basis, but can bill quarterly or monthly upon request. The customer will provide an alias, FAID and fiscal authority for an account to bill internally via IBS.  

Infrastructure

In addition to the physical infrastructure housed in Data Center West, the ACC's network infrastructure consists of a number of switches delivering high-speed Ethernet to all hosted resources. This high performance switched architecture is designed to eliminate the network bandwidth contention common in research environments, while allowing reliable high and low bandwidth connections between OHSU researchers, the internet and OHSU's connection to Internet2. 

Storage

The ACC offers a number of high-performance, highly available network solutions that serve to UNIX/Linux, Windows and Macintosh client machines via the NFS and CIFS protocols. The newly acquired Research Data Storage platform now provides reliable network storage in larger quantities than were previously available.

Reliability

The ACC's tape backup system consists of a dedicated high-end server with multiple high-speed network, SCSI and fiber channel interfaces for high-speed backups and restores. The system currently performs a full backup every week and daily incremental backups, as well as optional custom backup schedules tuned for customer needs. In addition, an off-site tape rotation to a secure location keeps mission-critical data safe while maintaining compliance with OHSU data retention policies.