Facilities

WID is located in the Discovery Building along with the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Town Center. In 2012, R&D Magazine awarded the facility “Lab of the Year” for its collaborative space and dedication to public access and sustainability. Note: WID does not manage spaces in the Discovery Building available for rental. To reserve rooms in the Discovery Building, visit discovery.wisc.edu/meeting-and-event-spaces.

The Discovery Building also has food offerings, including Aldo’s Cafe and Steenbock’s on Orchard.

Parking and restaurant/dining options for the building are accessible through the Town Center on the first floor of the Building.

The Discovery Building and Town Center hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit or tour the Town Center on the first floor.

Core Computational Technology

The Core Computational Technology research group, also known as CCT, is shared between WID and its partner the Morgridge Institute for Research.

CCT develops a cyberinfrastructure that provides high throughput computing and fosters collaborative work with global partners.

Miron Livny, a UW–Madison professor of computer sciences in the College of Letters and Science and director of the UW Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC), provides the advanced computing tools and infrastructure necessary to facilitate the work of scientists in both institutes. Livny, who specializes in distributed computing, collaborates with researchers around the world to advance computer and data-intensive science.

CCT along with CHTC bring together a unique ensemble of scientists whose goals are to stimulate new discoveries by providing scientists with effective and dependable access to a broad range of state-of-the-art computing capabilities. By dramatically increasing their computing throughput, scientists who use CCT’s open facility have greatly increased the size and complexity of the problems they study. As leading research institutes, WID and Morgridge bring together the next generation of students, educators and researchers in human health and in distributed computing to jointly address the frontiers of scientific computing.

As part of its service to researchers at WID and the Morgridge Institute for Research, the CCT team maintains and manages powerful computational resources hosted in a state-of-the-art machine room. These compute resources enable researchers to run computing jobs interactively or via batch submission. The computing environment also provides dedicated, backed-up storage to support data-intensive research. In addition to these research computing capabilities, CCT also provides related IT services, including multiple web environments to support the complete IT needs of building research teams. All of these resources are accessible through the Building’s secure high-speed network, which provides wireless and gigabit hard-wire connections.

The Discovery Building also houses a portion of the computing resources available campus-wide through the UW Center for High Throughput Computing. The Building network is specifically built to provide WID researchers with free and easy access to these external resources and to those of the extensive Open Science Grid. Access to these additional computing resources, on campus and beyond, allows researchers to maximize their computing throughput, accelerating data analysis and research progress.

Office Hours: Through Core Computational Technology (CCT), the Center for High Throughput Computing offers office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Discovery Building. Contact Lauren Michael to learn more.