ECONOMIC RESEARCH COMPUTER CENTER
HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING FOR BIG DATA
About the Economic Research Computer Center
Advanced social and economic research is increasingly more dependent on analyzing large amounts of data. This requires the memory, storage capacity and processing power that is beyond the capabilities of standard desktop computers. The World Bank's Economic Research Computer Center allows researchers to use the remote enterprise-level infrastructure to perform their analyses.
The center provides eight virtual machines on four 64-core servers, with the access to terabytes of storage space. The most frequently used services include statistical software (Stata) and tools for for geospatial analysis (ArcGIS).
The Economic Research Computer Center will be made available in three phases. Currently, it can be used by the staff from various units of the Bank's Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).
In the second phase, the range of users will be extended to serve other researchers across the World Bank Group. At the final stage, our team will make the Center available remotely over the internet, so that the Bank's clients or external researchers without access to a sufficient computing capacity can execute their commands, possibly through an intuitive web-based interface.