MSUToday
Published: March 27, 2020

ICER’s preparedness ensures services amidst COVID-19 crisis

Contact(s): Xiaoxing Han Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research office: 517.884.7829 hanxiaox@msu.edu, Melanie Kauffman Office of Research and Graduate Studies office: (517) 432-4499 kauffm59@msu.edu

In these uncertain and challenging times, Spartans have come together to support the important work of researchers across the university. 

The staff at MSU’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, or ICER, has worked hard to enable online access for all research support services — ensuring the safety of employees and users, and guaranteeing access to the High Performance Computing Center’s resources.

The MSU Supercomputer is currently running at nearly 100% utilization, (see ICER dashboard) and expedited access to HPCC resources have been made available for computational research related to COVID-19.  

The quick response and pre-planning from ICER leadership has enabled the institute to rapidly transition to a remote support model. 

“When universities around the U.S. started talking about moving to online classes in response to COVID-19, it became clear that at some point we were likely to have to move to a fully remote working environment,” said Brian O’Shea, director of ICER. 

He quickly started the pre-planning process with the leadership team to figure out specific online support plans.

As a result, all HPCC services continue as normal. Specifically, all ICER research support can be accessed via the ICER contact form

Monday and Thursday in-person open office hours will now be held via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Visit the HPCC website to view office hour instructions.

Live training is now available via webinar with on-demand HPCC materials.

For the latest HPCC updates, visit the ICER website.