A Case Study in Scientific Application Streaming at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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.