Data science is an integral part of research in many fields, such as machine translation, speech recognition, robotics, search engines, digital economy, biological sciences, medical informatics, healthcare, social sciences and the humanities. The knowledge related to this emerging interdisciplinary field is one of the leading tools in today’s industrial decision-making process. Having understood the importance and national relevance in the field of Data Science, the Board of Study in Statistics & Computer Science, Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS) has proposed to establish a “Data Science Unit” within the institute. The Data Science Unit (DSU) provides on-demand access to High Performance Computing (HPC) services that support high-quality research for using supercomputers, parallel computing and/or computer clusters which are essential for dealing with large scale data. The services of this unit will help researchers to perform advanced computing tasks including modelling, data processing and analysis. We run a local cluster called “Pera” which provides facilities for postgraduate students and teaching staff of the Postgraduate Institute of Science. Those who need to access HPC resources have to register online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Pera” Analytics cluster is initially open to the postgraduate students and teaching staff of the Postgraduate Institute of Science. When facilities are improved, the service can be extended to all research students and teaching staff of the University of Peradeniya. The working team of the unit provides support and assistance relating to matters in creating new user account, user integration, code integration and job submission. The system runs on the Redhat Linux operating system.