A Case Study in Scientific Application Streaming at Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

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    The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) serves as the connector

    and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied

    sciences (including computer science), and technology.

    Within SEAS, the office of Computing and Information Technology’s (CIT)

    CyberInfrastructure Labs (CI Labs) supports faculty, researchers, students, and staff

    by deploying and maintaining up-to-date, effective computing technologies – and

    serves as a technology adviser and collaborator to the broader Harvard community.

    With its collaborative computing focus and emerging technology test beds, the CIT

    CI Labs is an ideal environment for the implementation of scientific and engineering

    application streaming.

    The goal of the scientific application streaming project, as outlined in this white

    paper, is to simplify the deployment of engineering and scientific applications to

    a user population of around 1,000 students and faculty.

    Large, complex scientific and engineering applications are being deployed over a

    heterogeneous network architecture to a highly diverse client population. Initial

    results show install times decreasing from hours to minutes, as well as fewer

    problems caused by human error during complex installation and licensing procedures.

    As innovators among Harvard’s IT community, the CI Labs anticipates wider

    implementation of application streaming, both within its user base and across Harvard.