Research Support Services


Research Support Services has had another exciting year as we have continued to provide instrument maintenance along with computer, telecommunication, network, and Internet support for The Hormel Institute. Maintenance includes a wide variety of scientific instruments, from complex to simple and large to small. Computers and network connectivity are an extremely important resource for researchers and a major portion of our work load. As always, the network security needs keep us busy. The Linux cluster CAL42 (Computational Analysis of Life-sciences 42) has been calculating away simulating protein molecules in our supercomputer room, part of The Hormel Institute’s International Center of Research Technology. During the summer of 2017, we installed a large storage solution (DDN) for the Cryo-EM microscope. This was an integral part to process the huge amounts of data produced by the Cryo-EM microscope.