ARC Projects

Data Storage – Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology

Various departments are using ARC data storage to host data files.  Chemistry is developing a new method by which data gathered from their NMR and mass spectrometer can be collected in a central repository.  Environmental Science is collecting data for students to use in classes, and Psychology is transferring data collected on paper into an electronic format.

ArcGIS 10 Server – Geology and Geography

Joanne Halls is working with ESRI ArcServer version 10, which is hosted on a virtual machine.  She is porting over maps from an older version of ArcIMS.  She is also testing version 10 before it is rolled out to labs across campus.

Test and Development Servers – Information Systems

Tom Janicki and Kevin Matthews are using virtual machines as test areas to development with new tools and host projects for their classes.

Phylogenetic Analysis and Computation – Biology

Eric Schuettpelz is using a virtual machine to run analysis against his data sets, which are stored using ARC data storage.

Electronic Medical Records – Nursing and Computer Science

Computer Science’s Clayton Ferner has developed an electronic medical records system for the School of Nursing and has ported it to a virtual machine hosted through ARC. 

Student Development Projects – Computer Science and Information Systems

Ron Vetter and Doug Kline are sponsoring students for access to virtual machines through ARC.  Students are using the machines for directed independent study credits.

FORTRAN Computations – Physics

Tim Black is using a virtual machine to run FORTRAN calculations which are ported over from the VMS system.  He also has access to ARC data storage to host his data sets.

Genetics Analysis – Biology

Ann Stapleton is using SAS on a virtual machine to offload her computational analysis for genetics research.

Computational Analysis – Biology

Will White is using a virtual machine to analyze his data sets using MATLAB.  The server is connected to ARC data storage to host large data sets.

Systems Ecology Web Server – Biology

Stuart Borrett and his team are using a virtual machine to host data about their projects and share information with fellow researchers.

Legal Psychology - Psychology

Dr. Bryan Myers is using ARC data storage to store documents for a new legal psychology project. As data is amassed, he will also be using this location to store his data sets for statistical analysis.

The storage is configured to allow for collaboration with his research assistant too.

Experimental Analysis of Behavior - Psychology

Previously, the EAB lab used local and external hard drives to save data. The data was then copied by USB drive to a second location within the same building. In an effort to mitigate potential hazards, lab directors Dr. Ray Pitts and Dr. Christine Hughes chose to move their data to ARC's data storage.

By putting their data online, they have a central repository for their research team as well as peace of mind knowing that it is backed up nightly and in multiple places. This was all done without having to alter their process in terms of collecting their data, preventing any disruptions to their research.

Combat Operational Stress Injury Prevention - Computer Science

The Departments of Psychology and Computer Science are using a virtual LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) server to host a proof of concept application for the US Military.

@Risk License Server - Cameron School of Business

Dr. Steve Mahar from the Cameron School of Business is using an application called @Risk to perform risk analysis. The application is licensed to a limited number of seats and requires a license server. ARC is providing a virtual server with which to run a license server so that the software could be installed in the classroom.

Necropsy Data Storage - Biology

Dr. Ann Pabst and Dr. Bill McLellan and their research team from the Necropsy Lab in Biology store years of research data consisting of images, documents, and GIS data. This data is accessed from a small network of workstations. Previously, each workstation held different parts of the data, so researchers would have to browse to different computers to get a copy of the files they needed.

With ARC data storage, the data has been amassed into one central repository. Not only does this streamline the places to look for data, but having the data on a network share allows researchers to access it from off campus more easily. This means they can upload and download data while at research sites. With the ability upload new data daily from a site, it allows researchers in the lab to see it sooner, and also mitigates the single point of failure of a field laptop. Putting the data into one place on the network also opens the possibility of sharing the data with other UNCW sites off campus.

This project is currently in a testing phase so that the researchers can compare their two environments side by side to see if storing the data in this manner will cause any performance issues. Thus far, all tests have shown positive results.

MATLAB Computational Support - Biology

Dr. Stuart Borrett and his students in the Systems Ecology and Ecoinformatics Laboratory requires advanced computational support in order to run its research on MATLAB. Currently, they have projects needing to run 6000 trials of a program, which on a single computer takes approximately three days. By using virtual computers with multiple processing cores, researchers are able to run multiple jobs at a time and reduce their processing time exponentially.

Five virtual computers are configured for SEEL, three running 64-bit Windows and two running 64-bit Linux. Researchers intend to compare the processing times between platforms to discover which is faster.

Orff Schulwerk Webliography - Music

Dr. Dan Johnson in the Department of Music is working with the University of Kentucky and Northwestern University to assemble a Web-based bibliography - a "webliography" - about the Orff Schulwerk music teaching method. While Kentucky hosts the front-end of the site, UNCW hosts the data repository.

Using ARC Web hosting, the team is able to upload PDFs to a Web server from off campus and link to these documents from within the webliography.

Cornell Critical Thinking - Watson School of Education

Dr. Eddie Caropresso in the Watson School of Education is using ARC application hosting to provide access to the Cornell Critical Thinking software. The software, which is Web-based, allows students to access the tests after completing a survey. Once finished, the results are available to the research team.

Auditing Server for Accounting - Cameron School of Business

Dr. Lorraine Lee in the Cameron School of Business accounting department is using a virtual LAMP server to let students practice auditing techniques on a real system. Students are able to remotely access the system to investigate files, databases, and configurations. Students get their own files to view so as not to impede others' works.

Confluence for Collaboration- Office of Research Support and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research Support and Sponsored Programs is using ARC application hosting to provide Confluence to UNCW research projects with outside team members. Confluence provides a workspace for teams and gives UNCW researchers an environment to share files without having to utilize e-mail. The Confluence setup consists of two virtual machines.

Assistive Technology Demonstration and Lending - Watson School of Education

Dr. Kari Siko of the Watson School of Education and Dr. Ron Vetter of Computer Science are using ARC to work on a grant from the US Department of Education. The grant is for the creation of a regional demonstration and lending site for assistive technologies, with a portion being dedicated to the creation and maintenance of an online database of assistive technologies available.

The system designed for the ATDL project is setup for Web hosting and development, with an installation of Visual Studio for ASP.NET development and Microsoft Access for the back end database.

Competence Management Software - School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is using ARC for their Competence Management System. The CMS system, an experiment with a trial software package, allows Nursing students to attempt different scenarios and be graded on their performance.  Their grades are then logged for instructors to review.  With the setup of this system, instructors can review student performance through a website hosted by the CMS server.  Students can connect to the software via Citrix, making them able to do work from home or campus.

MIT Program - Watson School of Education

The Master of Instructional Technology students in the Watson School of Education are using a Web / file / application server, designed to host ePortfolios for their students. The ePortfolios serves as a place to upload work for professors to review and a showcase for the students and the School. The students’ work is available for review by future employers, individuals interested in applying for the program, current students to see examples of their peers' work, and accreditation agencies. This project relies on storage space for the students’ work and hosting services for access by others.

This is only phase one of the School of Education’s project. The instructors in the program intend to use the server as an application server as well, hosting MySQL and PHP projects, making into a WIMP (Windows, IIS, MySQL, PHP) server.

Statistical Analysis - Mathematics and Statistics

Susan Simmons of Mathematics and Statistics is using two virtual servers to run statistical models. The models are very computationally intensive and in the past, rendered her local computing resources unusable. She was able to easily port her data and programs over to the virtual server, accessing it through a remote desktop session from her office or home, and run her models while leaving her own computer free for other tasks. In conversations with her, she touts her experience as very positive and enjoys being able to conduct research and work simultaneously.


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