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Research Support

The OIT Office of Instructional and Research Technology (OIRT) is a single point of contact for research faculty IT support. OIRT can help in many areas including infrastructure, video conferencing, and other unusual technologies. OIRT is also a bridge to many outside organizations such as Internet2, NJEDge, XSEDE (previously called Teragrid), and others.

For more info, email oirt@rutgers.edu or visit http://oirt.rutgers.edu/res/.

Statistical and Analytical Support Services

Statistical, mathematical, and analytical work can be performed on http://apps.rutgers.edu using packages like SAS, SPSS, Stata, Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, PSPP, R, Sage, and more. Anyone with a NetID who has not yet used Apps can request this service via http://netid.rutgers.edu and then point their browser at apps.rutgers.edu to use these resources and see the full graphical user interface of these packages. For documentation on this service, refer to http://oirt.rutgers.edu/software/remoteXserver. In addition, various tape reading devices are also available on rci.rutgers.edu to extract research data. For more information, contact oirt@rutgers.edu

Both SAS and SPSS can be purchased while many of the others can be downloaded from the http://software.rutgers.edu portal.

The Office of Statistical Consulting

The Office of Statistical Consulting serves as a resource in statistics for university faculty, staff, and students. Initial project review is done at no charge. The service provided by the Office of Statistical Consulting is primarily fee-based but waivers can be applied for by faculty and students not supported by grants. For more information, refer to http://statistics.rutgers.edu/office-of-statistical-consulting.

Cyber-enabled Environment

Cyber Infrastructure enables collaborators to take advantage of national resources and to work with team members from other research universities around the world. For example, Winlab researchers access special high speed Internet2 networking using ION and DYNES to create the GENI backbone, which connects them to team members in California and Australia. Other groups can transfer data, access the national XSEDE facilities, and/or video conference, using Internet2 connectivity, and share the DYNES connectivity to transfer terabytes of data (if so, please contact OIRT).

For information on Internet2 and other infrastructure, contact OIRT.

HD Video Conferencing

Video conferencing enables regular meetings with instant communications between distant locations using Internet2 connectivity and can easily incorporate high-resolution presentations to aid discussions. OIRT offers a self service High Definition (HD) Video Conferencing room as long as connectivity testing has been arranged in advance. In addition to this facility, it is possible for a group to borrow an HD video conferencing unit.

Typically, each collaborative team agrees on an approach for video conferencing. OIRT can work with departmental support staff regarding video conferencing protocols like H.323, AccessGrid, EVO, and other conferencing software.

Please contact oirt@rutgers.edu for further information.

Internet2, The National Research Network

Internet2 is a consortium of 38 Research and Education networks, 221 higher education institurions, and 71 affiliate members including museums, libraries and non-profit organizations as well as 62 corporate members. The consortium members work together with industry and government to develop the next generation of network applications and technologies that can take advantage of significantly higher bandwidth than today's Internet. Rutgers was one of the early participants in the consortium and continues to serve as a member institution.

Rutgers is using Internet2 connectivity and services to:

  • connect to other Internet2 members and other research networks around the globe
  • connect to the GENI.net research project to build the next generation of Internet
  • download terabytes of data generated at CERN and available at the Fermi labs in Chicago
  • utilize IPv6 to reach IPv6 only networks around the world
  • receive multicast video from other Internet2 sites and make it available to the Rutgers community as well as allow Rutgers to multicast video to any or all research networks around the globe
  • extend the utility of Rutgers NetIDs by using Shibboleth software and being a member of the InCommon and NJTrustFederations
  • test network connectivity via software written by Internet2's Performance Initiative working group. NDT software is available at http://www.td.rutgers.edu/tools/Network_Performance_Toolkit/toolkit.html and at Google's http://www.measurementlab.net/

For additional information regarding Internet2 and the opportunities it provides, please contact oirt@rutgers.edu.

NJEDge, New Jersey's Research & Education Network

NJEDge.Net is a non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey which provides advanced Internet technologies and digital communication. NJEDge.Net supports its members academic, scholarship, research and development, outreach programs, public service, and economic development goals. In providing a statewide broadband network, NJEDge.Net creates an environment for interoperability that facilitates productive use of technology across the state-wide, national, and international academic enterprise. NJEDge.Net introduces emerging technologies and state-of-the-art networking to its partners in academia, government, and industry for inter-institutional collaboration, scholarship and research.

As a member of NJEDge, Rutgers departments are able to use NJEDge services which include:

  • RUNet's new intra-campus backbone which traverses the NJEDge dark fiber network that spans New Jersey from Newark to Camden and ends in Philadelphia. In addition, RUNet routes connectivity to Internet2 via the NJEDge backbone to the MAGPI Gigapop in Philadelphia.
  • Video Conferencing MCU which has a web-based scheduler that allows one to schedule up to a 10 way meeting (larger multi way meetings can be arranged) and which can include use of an ISDN or phone bridge. The MCU is free. ISDN and phone connection charges would be billed to the sites that they connect.
  • NJEDge offers fee-based services for Disaster Recovery and Co-Location facilities.
  • NJVid.net, a video-streaming portal, received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It is housed at the NJEDge facilities and is reached via the NJEDge network. Together Rutgers, NJEDge, and William Paterson have enhanced the capabilities to include videos that can have access limited to a specific course at any member institution. NJVid uses the same software that the Rutgers Libraries use for RUcore.libraries.rutgers.edu. In order to allow one's NetID to work at NJVid, the NJTrust federation was formed for New Jersey institutions with Rutgers as a member. The authentication process takes advantage of Internet2's Shibboleth middleware.
  • NJVid is now integrated with Sakai so that videos can be restricted to individual sites.
  • In addition, NJEDge negotiates statewide contracts that members can take advantage of including audio/voice conferencing services, VOIP services, and more.

For more information, please contact oirt@rutgers.edu


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