In July 2009, John Abowd and Lars Vilhuber were awarded NSF grant SES-0922005 to continue the VirtualRDC in its current form, as well as create a new Social Science Gateway to TeraGrid. The Social Science Gateway is designed to overcome hurdles that many if not most social science researchers face “when they wish to harness the power of large-scale computational clusters, in particular when using new, very large synthetic data sets with their unprecedented detail on people, jobs, and firms.[...] The most widespread statistical software packages used by social scientists, i.e., SAS, Stata, and SPSS, are not available on the TeraGrid XSEDE itself or on any of the servers at the borders of the TeraGrid XSEDE with fast connections to it.“
The Social Science Gateway addresses these shortcomings by providing
- comfort-level statistical packages, available for data processing
- fast connection to XSEDE resources
- online GUI to facilitate leveraging these resources
If you are at a XSEDE-connected university, and have 10Gbps connections right at your desktop, then you are not the Social Science Gateway’s client. On the other hand, if you prefer to process you data in SAS, Stata, or SPSS rather than with ‘grep’, Perl, and Fortran, but still have a small estimation routine that will require XSEDE resources to finish in finite time, then you are in the right place. (see our presentation on the concept of the Social Science Gateway)
To start, go to the “Requesting a SSG account” page. New account creations are suspended as of April 1, 2013.