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.