What we call "application servers" are large capacity Linux servers running mathematical and statistical software. We started operating these servers many years ago when most of you only had access to low-powered desktop computers that were not very useful for intensive computational tasks. These days, a lot of you have computers that are many times more powerful than servers were ten years ago.
Advantages of Application Servers
Shared software licenses. Many statistical packages are fairly expensive for individual licenses. CLA has negotiated agreements with many vendors and the University to offer packages free of charge on our application servers. This saves you, and the University, thousands of dollars in licensing costs.
Linux. We run application servers using a recent version of Ubuntu Linux. While Linux offers very powerful tools for computational researchers, it is not an ideal choice for everyday use, and most people prefer to use Windows or OSX. These servers offer you a way to make use of the capabilities of Linux without having to run it yourself.
Memory. While computer memory is affordable, it is still rare to find a personal computer with more than 8GB. At the same time, many researchers work with data sets that require larger amounts of memory. Our servers have 32 or 64GB memory, enabling you to work with large data sets. If you need more memory, and have (a lot of) funding for your research projects, we can buy servers with 768GB.
Shared file servers. Our application servers have fast access to centralized file servers where you can store your data. This eliminates the need to make multiple copies of your data and keep those copies synchronized. All data is backed up daily, offering security and reliability.
Public Application Servers
Private Application Servers
In addition to public servers, we operate private servers purchased by individual researchers or departments. These machines are configured identically to the public ones, but are restricted to account holders from sponsoring studies or departments.