UC Riverside Collaborates with Google Cloud to Advance Research Capabilities

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Mar 21, 2023


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  • Google Cloud’s advanced computing services will support UCR’s cutting-edge research program.
  • Researchers will have access to secure workstations, high-performance computing clusters, and AI and machine-learning services.
  • The partnership aims to increase research output, campus funding, and global recognition for UCR.

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) has partnered with Google Cloud to modernize its enterprise infrastructure and support its cutting-edge research program. This collaboration will enable researchers to achieve faster results by enhancing computing speed, agility, and scale while improving cooperation with other Research 1 (R1) institutions.Google Cloud to unlock unprecedented computing research opportunities

Google Cloud to unlock unprecedented computing research opportunities

According to Matthew Gunkel, associate vice chancellor and CIO of Information Technology Solutions (ITS) at UCR, modernizing the university’s infrastructure will allow its researchers to access unprecedented opportunities in higher education, particularly in computing research. The collaboration is expected to remove administrative barriers so the research community can focus on advancing and accelerating important work.

By leveraging the Google Cloud Platform, UCR can provide its researchers with access to advanced research computing services, including secure research workstations and storage, auto-scaling high-performance computing clusters, infinity-scaling databases, and AI and machine-learning services. The cloud platform also enables the university to implement a location-agnostic application modernization strategy using Google Cloud Anthos, which allows for scaling up or down services as needed.

Using Looker for Data Analytics

Moreover, UCR’s researchers will have access to data and business intelligence services that leverage Looker as a cohesive analytics and reporting program and BigQuery as a major superstore to derive valuable insights and key, analyze, and act on up-to-date university data. The collaboration also aims to improve UCR’s information security posture through Chronicle’s security monitoring and automation capabilities, which will allow ITS to provide more comprehensive threat detection, analysis, and response.

Dr. Bryan Wong, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCR, highlighted that not all researchers are computer scientists, but many require immense computational resources to conduct scientific research. Therefore, the new paradigm for research will ease the burden on the university’s research community by providing access to advanced computational resources. Researchers can analyze large data sets at petabyte scale in minutes, perform more complex simulations and modeling, and add or scale services and storage as needed.

Digital Transformation in Higher Ed

UCR is one of the leading higher education institutions pushing the boundaries of digital transformation within its field. Its partnership with Google Cloud will make research accessible and cost-efficient for UCR faculty and students at a time when improved research outcomes, increased productivity, and collaboration are more important than ever. The university’s researchers and their teams are invited to attend an on-campus Innovative Research Orientation on March 13th to receive hands-on training from Google Cloud experts.

The collaboration with UCR demonstrates Google Cloud’s commitment to advancing research capabilities in higher education institutions. As the most favored cloud platform powering research globally, Google Cloud has been a popular choice for universities and research institutions seeking to leverage its innovative IT services to support their missions.

  • Wrap up

In conclusion, UCR’s collaboration with Google Cloud will transform the university’s research capabilities by providing its researchers with access to advanced computing resources and modernized enterprise infrastructure. The partnership will support UCR’s mission to drive increased research output, resulting in an increase in campus funding, global recognition, and prestigious academic researchers coming to work for the university.


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