Recent advances in neuroimaging technique require powerful, multi-node computer clusters to perform parallel distributed processing. Development and operation of these computer resources draws upon specific expertise that is generally not available to individual NINDS investigators.
A Computing Core maintains a state-of-the-art data processing facility with distributed computing, data storage and archiving, integration of neuroimaging data analysis environments, and provides system administration support. These services include maintenance of a 380-core computer cluster running the Oracle (formerly Sun Grid) Engine and a suite of neuroimaging analysis software.
Additional services include operation of a shared web-based wiki for scientific documentation and a data sharing resource for collaborative projects and post-publication data distribution.
A cost-center approach for continuous hardware repair and upgrade is implemented as billing by disk-space usage, with NINDS users paying half the rate of other users.