Data Intensive Science At JHU: The First Year Of IDIES

S. Alexander Szalay, PhD, Director IDIES, Professor Astrophysics & Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University


Recognizing the strategic importance of computing and data across the whole university, President Ronald Daniels decided a year ago to substantially broaden the scope of IDIES. Now the Institute includes five schools: the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the Sheridan Libraries, the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Besides serving in a leadership role for Big Data initiatives for the University, IDIES has become responsible for the research computing efforts at JHU. In March 2015 we will open the High Performance Research Computing Facility (HPRCF). The HPRCF will be a new, world class research computing facility on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus, partnering with the University of Maryland College Park.
Today IDIES involves over 84 faculty and more than a hundred graduate students. Over the last 12 months we have awarded 9 seed grants in a broad spectrum of topics, connecting researchers from different fields who share an interest in the science of Big Data. The past year has seen IDIES develop into a major interdisciplinary program, a large, diverse effort where faculty and students work together to solve amazing data-intensive problems, from genes to galaxies.