e-Infrastructure - underpinning everything we do...

The synergy between research and the technological infrastructure required to support it is a key focus for the e-Research Centre. Our diverse portfolio of projects helps set the requirements for research computing infrastructure both within Oxford and in the wider world.

With the University of Oxford Advanced Research Computing facility (ARC) and the Science Engineering South consortium, the Centre plays a major role in facilitating research and innovation through the connection and exploitation of appropriate e-infrastucture locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

We are a key partner in CRISP, helping ensure that large investments made at national and international levels result in significant advances

to ensure that the large investments made at the national and international levels result in significant progress in science. - See more at: http://oerc.versantus.co.uk/projects/crisp#sthash.6TwJvwps.dpuf
to ensure that the large investments made at the national and international levels result in significant progress in science. - See more at: http://oerc.versantus.co.uk/projects/crisp#sthash.6TwJvwps.dpuf

Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is a resource for all researchers at Oxford, from any Division or Department, who need high-performance computing (HPC).

If you would like to find our more about the Centre's e-Infrastructure work or how we might work together then please do get in touch.

Current Projects

Providing a tool kit to facilitate standards compliant collection, curation and local management of experiments in the life-sciences
Coordinated by EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, COSMOS (Coordination of Standards in Metabolomics) has brought together European metabolomics data providers to set and promote community standards.
a web-based catalogue to centralize bioscience data policies, reporting standards and links to other related portals; and a communication forum to maintain linkages between funders, journals & standardization leaders
Oxford probably has more Digital Humanities activity than any other UK institution, but dispersed between the different parts of the University. The Digital.Humanities@Oxford site aims to raise the internal and external profile of Oxford's wide expertise in this area.
CLARIN is building a pan-European research infrastructure of connected and supported tools and services based on open access and shared services, to allow detailed and complex exploration of linguistic data.
Oxford University has been named by NVIDIA as a CUDA Centre of Excellence, recognising the excellent research on GPU computing within many departments in the university.
Many situations require traceable accuracy of data when it passes from the provider to different analysis communities. MyTrustedCloud is working with energy suppliers to construct a prototype of trust-capable cloud infrastructure

Past Projects

Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary activity involving participants collaborating from the mathematical, physical and life sciences as well as the medical sciences. It is dependent upon information technologies, computational capabilities and access to a range of instruments.
The UK National Grid Service (NGS) is a national consortium of computational and data resource that makes use of defined open standard grid interfaces to provide services to academia.
SIENA will contribute to defining a future eInfrastructures roadmap focusing on interoperability and standards.
The Low Carbon ICT project will develop a 'wake-on-LAN' (WoL) service to reduce the University of Oxford’s carbon footprint that results from the operation of its ICT infrastructure.
Existing electricity distribution management systems (DMS) have been designed using operational and algorithmic procedures that are highly centralised.
The deployment of Shibboleth infrastructure has reached a point in its evolution where it is possible to develop a production service for the UK National Grid Service.
This project will integrate existing components to provide a reliable, high performance resource brokering system.
The Oxford e-Research Centre has a 96 core Dell cluster installed with MS Cluster Compute Server version 1. The cluster is arranged with both thick (quad dual core) nodes and thin (dual dual core) nodes.
This pilot will deliver a public-private hybrid cloud architecture and two demonstrators providing higher level services for the support of research.
A project aimed at making it easy for you and your research group to work with, annotate, publish, and permanently store your research data.
The Cancer and Cardiac Imaging project is a collaboration between University of Oxford and the Technical Computing Initiative of Microsoft Corporation
Bringing innovative information and communications technologies to teaching and research in the Humanities
Providing a framework to allow researchers and clinicians involved in Cancer Imaging to share information, images and algorithms.
The purpose of CRISP is to create synergies and develop common solutions for an initial group of eleven European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure preparatory phase projects in the field of Physics, Astronomy, and Analytical Facilities.
Algorithms and Software for Emerging Architectures (ASEArch) is a new EPSRC-funded Collaborative Computational Project (CCP), led by the Oxford e-Research Centre, in collaboration with Bristol University and STFC staff at both Daresbury and RAL.