Local and cloud computing for research accounts, scalable and customizable across a range of secure environments, with a range of quantitative and qualitative software resources.
CCSS Research Support provides computing accounts in a Windows remote-access environment with a wide range of software available directly to each account holder. Server configurations range from a shared computing model to dedicated cloud-based options. Our computing environment is recognized internationally for its range of security capabilities to meet individual requirements.
Based on member college approval, these resources are available to current Cornell faculty researchers, students, staff, and collaborators for research use only.
CCSS offers many options of hardware configurations for use in a shared computing model or dedicated cloud-based environment. Software requisites and your research needs, will determine the amount of memory (RAM) and whether the system will have CPU or GPU processors available. In addition to offering compute power and statistical applications, CCSS also provides each account holder with private data storage, shared storage for team collaboration, and daily backups for all of your research data.
Depending upon your data security requirements, CCSS offers computing systems ranging from a standalone desktop (no internet) to remote access from anywhere in the world. Hardware configurations are based upon the data provider’s predefined security requirements.
See CCSS policies for further information.
The Secure Standalone Enclave is used for restricted data that must be contained within a non-networked environment with no printing or data transfer abilities in a locked room. CCSS Secure Data Services team will help implement your research project on the Secure Standalone data Enclave to meet the most restrictive data provider requirements.
The FSRDC, located at 391 Pine Tree Rd. (CCSS), is a secure facility managed by the U.S. Census Bureau that provides secure access to confidential internal use files from various federal statistical agencies for statistical purposes only. To inquire about the proposal process and use of the Cornell FSRDC, please send an email to CornellRDC@cornell.edu.
Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency
Use requires the development and approval of a proposal.
Access to restricted German Federal Employment Agency data is available in person at the IAB Research Data Center (IAB-RDC) located in the CCSS-RS building at 391 Pine Tree Road. Access to confidential administrative microdata is provided through a thin client connection directly to the IAB servers in Germany. Please contact Secure Data Services to coordinate your access to the IAB-RDC.
- Request a CCSS Research Support Computing Account
- Login Instructions
- Passwords - requirements, resets
- Managing Your Computing Environment - includes workspace information, sessions: account lockouts, session management, sharing/moving/compressing files, request forms, printing, etc
- How Busy are the Servers?
- Help Desk FAQs - includes frequently asked questions about system, troubleshooting, and software issues
- What Software is on the Servers?
Below is a classification table to assist you with identifying the type of data that is appropriate for a CCSS-RS account. Data that are confidential, restricted, sensitive or proprietary CANNOT be used on the RSCH servers, and must be used on the CRADC Secure Data servers.
Information and differences between research and CRADC servers. RSCH servers CRADC Secure Data servers No individual identity can be deduced directly or indirectly Detailed characteristics are present and identifiable Public use data Data are not publically available Non-identifiable variables Individual identifiers such as name, address, specific location are present Data provider agreement not required Data provider requires a use agreement No restrictions or terms and conditions controlling use by members of the Cornell community Terms and conditions controlling use of the data
When your research data do not have specific security requirements (Public Use Data):
- The hardware is comprised of a group of high-performance multi-processor virtual servers running Windows 2016.
- The servers are remotely available to users with CCSS-RS computing accounts, which are available to Cornell faculty, students, and staff.
- Once connected, a variety of quantitative and qualitative data analysis software is available.
- Private data storage and shared storage for team collaboration is made available to all computing accounts, along with daily backups for all of your research data.
When your research data have specific security obligations (Secure Data):
- Most of the above, based on your Data Provider Agreement, and
- Two-factor authentication,
- Controlled file transfer and data disclosure proofing,
- No connection to the outside world via FTP, e-mail, Web, print, or disk mapping facility,
- Strictly enforced protocols for selecting and changing user passwords.
If after review of this classification you are unsure what account type you need, please contact CCSS-RS for assistance.