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
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.