UK’s first computing center was established in 1958. In 1987, UK’s High Performance Computing (HPC) program began with creation of the Center for Computational Science (CCS) and the acquisition research-focused computational hardware1 and network communications2. For nearly three decades, UK has provided HPC consulting services, porting of codes, software analysis, installation of software packages, data management, and assisted in access to national HPC resources. In the nearly six decades since CI was introduced to the UK campus, growth in research data volume and computational sophistication have driven many architectural changes and capacity advancements.
In July 2016, the UK Research Computing (UKRC) group was formed to address the rapid growth of demand and diversity of CI resources, tools, and computational techniques. UKRC is responsible for managing the design, development, deployment, and operation of a cost-effective mix of CI and services supporting research computing, including shared high-performance computing and network resources, data analysis platforms, and storage systems, across campus, state, national, international, and commercial resources. The role of UKRC is to identify how current technologies apply to a large spectrum of research fields ranging from basic science and engineering, to biomedical and bioinformatics applications, to data-intensive computational humanities, and support the access, development, and application of appropriate resources.