About ARCH

The Advanced Research Computing at Hopkins (ARCH)

formerly known as MARCC

The Advanced Research Computing at Hopkins (ARCH) –formerly known as MARCC– is a shared computing facility at Johns Hopkins University that enables research, discovery, and learning, relying on the use and development of advanced computing. ARCH administers state of the art high performance computing resources, manages highly reliable data storage, and provides outstanding collaborative scientific support to empower computational research, scholarship, and innovation.

Researchers are encouraged to take advantage of ARCH resources to enhance their computational research activities when projects are in need of any of the following services: 

  • Traditional HPC simulations that need large amounts of CPU cycles, memory and I/O intensive
  • Interactive data analysis (visualization, Jupyter notebooks, R-Studio)¬†
  • Use of Parallel, scalable¬† file systems to improve performance and analyze much larger datasets
  • Fast compute node and storage connectivity to reduce latency
  • Reliable file systems for short-term data storage
  • Development of data intensive computing tools (Containers, VMs)
  • Secure Environment for data subject to restrictions (IRB, HIPAA)
  • Scientific support and consulting on HPC related topics (python, go)
  • Fast data transfer via HORNet or DMZ using managed Globus end points
  • Access to XSEDE resources
  • Education/training resources
  • Server colocation facilities

ARCH is previously known as Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center (MARCC)

MARCC is a shared computing facility located on the Bayview Campus of Johns Hopkins University and funded by a State of Maryland grant to Johns Hopkins University through IDIES. MARCC is jointly managed by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland College Park. MARCC offices are located in the Bloomberg Building (Homewood campus). The group reports to the director of IDIES, Alex Szalay.

The mission of the Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center (MARCC) is to enable research, creative undertakings, and learning that involve and rely on the use and development of advanced computing. MARCC manages high performance computing, highly reliable data storage, and provides outstanding collaborative scientific support to empower computational research, scholarship, and innovation.