Computing accounts at IU

Use of Indiana University technology resources (e.g., computers, networks, phones) is restricted to purposes related to the university's mission of education, research, and public service. Access to IU computing resources is granted to all admitted IU students and current or retired university faculty and staff, in support of their studies, instruction, duties as employees, official business with the university, and other university-sanctioned activities. Under certain circumstances, guests and affiliates of IU are also eligible.

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Basic accounts

Students, faculty, and staff at IU initially receive the following accounts:

  • ADS domain account: Your ADS account consists of a unique username and passphrase, and allows you to authenticate to most university resources.
  • Email account: Undergraduate students create email accounts on Umail (powered by Google). Faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students create accounts on the Exchange servers. Graduate and professional students may also create Umail accounts.
    No new Imail accounts are being created in preparation for its retirement. UITS will provide at least six months' notice before Imail is discontinued.

Along with the basic accounts that are automatically created, you may be eligible for other UITS computing accounts, based on your campus and your status within the university.

Additional accounts

Individual home page account (all campuses)

If you'd like to publish an individual home page (Pages) at IU, you can request an account on Mercury, which serves pages at

Box (all campuses)

The IU Box service provides a simple, secure way to share and store files and folders online. Box consolidates your content in a single location, easily accessible from anywhere, on any device. You can create files and folders, share them using a direct link, invite others to collaborate, and continue to revise and review your content. Though similar in appearance to other consumer services such as Dropbox, Box can directly integrate with existing IU systems (e.g., accounts, CAS for single sign-on with your IU username and passphrase), security, and contractual protections. Your Box account quota is unlimited.

For more, see About Box at IU and Getting started with Box at IU.

Google at IU (all campuses)

Google at IU gives students, faculty, and staff access to Google applications such as Drive (Docs, Sheets, and Slides), Groups, Sites, Calendar, and others. While similar to public Google accounts, Google at IU provides additional functionality and an unlimited quota.

For more, see About Google at IU (G Suite for Education) and Google at IU.

Workstation accounts (IUB only)

The Burrow, a cluster of Linux workstations in Lindley Hall (LH 004 and 035), is reserved for use by students taking computer science or informatics classes. Accounts are created automatically for students enrolled in computer science and informatics classes that use these systems.

Accounts for groups, departments, and student organizations

All group or departmental accounts must have owners who are active faculty or staff members (as reported by HRMS). If the owner leaves the university or (through change of HR status) becomes ineligible to own a group account, the owned account(s) will be removed. To ensure the continuity of group accounts, see Transfer ownership of a group or departmental account.

For details, see Request IU computing accounts for groups or departments and Computing accounts for IUB and IUPUI student organizations.

In accordance with standards for access control mandated by the HIPAA Security Rule, you are not permitted to access data containing protected health information (PHI) using a group (or departmental) account. To ensure accountability and permit access to authorized users only, IU researchers must use their personal IU username and passphrase for all work involving PHI.

Research system accounts (all campuses)

UITS Research Technologies develops, delivers, and supports advanced technology solutions that enable new possibilities in research, scholarly endeavors, and creative activity at Indiana University and beyond. These systems are configured to support research computing only, and do not accept inbound mail from the network. Newsreaders, information clients (e.g., Lynx), and IRC clients are not supported.

Eligible students, faculty, staff, and sponsored affiliates can request accounts on the research systems:

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • All IU students, faculty, staff, and sponsored affiliated researchers can request accounts on the following research systems:
    • Karst

      Karst ( is Indiana University's high-throughput computing cluster. Designed to deliver large amounts of processing capacity over long periods of time, Karst's system architecture provides IU researchers the advanced performance needed to accommodate high-end, data-intensive applications critical to scientific discovery and innovation. Karst also serves as a "condominium cluster" environment for IU researchers, research labs, departments, and schools.

      For more, see Karst at Indiana University.

    • Carbonate

      Carbonate ( at Indiana University is a large memory computer cluster configured to support high-performance, data-intensive computing. Carbonate can handle computing tasks for researchers using genome assembly software, large-scale phylogenetic software, and other genome analysis applications that require large amounts of computer memory. Accounts are available to IU students, faculty, and staff.

      For more, see Carbonate at Indiana University.

  • Only IU graduate students, faculty, and staff can request accounts on the following research systems; undergraduate students and sponsored affiliates won't see these systems listed as available options, and will need either faculty or staff sponsors to request accounts (see below):
    • Big Red II

      Big Red II is Indiana University's main system for high-performance parallel computing. With a theoretical peak performance (Rpeak) of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (1 petaFLOPS) and a maximal achieved performance (Rmax) of 596.4 teraFLOPS, Big Red II is among the world's fastest research supercomputers. Owned and operated solely by IU, Big Red II is designed to accelerate discovery in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, physics, fine arts, and global climate research, and enable effective analysis of large, complex data sets (i.e., big data).

      For more, see Big Red II at Indiana University.

    • The Research Database Complex (RDC)

      The Indiana University Research Database Complex supports research-related databases and data-intensive applications that require databases. The RDC provides an environment for database-driven web applications focusing on research, and offers the following database accounts:

      • MySQL: The RDC supports MySQL Enterprise Server. Access to phpMyAdmin is created for you by default.
      • Oracle: MySQL can meet the majority of database needs. However, if your research has an immediate requirement for specific functionality in Oracle, you may request to be considered for an Oracle database account. To do so, follow the instructions in the RDC Database and Web Services Account Application.

      For more, see The Research Database Complex (RDC) at Indiana University.

    • The Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)

      The Indiana University Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) provides extensive capacity (approximately 42 PB of tape overall) for storing and accessing research data. The SDA is a distributed storage service co-located at IU data centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis, providing IU researchers with large-scale archival or near-line data storage, arranged in large files, with two copies of data made by default (for disaster recovery).

      For more, see The Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) at Indiana University.


    For undergraduate students and sponsored affiliates needing Big Red II, RDC, or SDA accounts:

    • Undergraduate students must have faculty sponsors to get Big Red II, RDC, or SDA accounts. Your sponsor must make the account request on your behalf. To request a Big Red II or RDC account, your sponsor should email the High Performance Systems (HPS) group. To request an SDA account, your sponsor should email the Research Storage group. The request should include your IU username and a brief justification of your request.
    • If you are an IU affiliate, ask your sponsor to make a Big Red II, RDC, or SDA account request on your behalf. The request should include your IU Affiliate account username and a brief justification of your request. For an account on a high-performance computing system, your sponsor should email the High Performance Systems (HPS) group; for an account on a research storage system, your sponsor should email the Research Storage group. The appropriate group will notify you via email when your account has been created.

Specialized system accounts

  • Departmental LAN accounts

    To request an account on a departmental LAN, contact the department's network administrator.

  • University web server (Webserve) accounts

    Webserve provides web space for online publication by IU departments and officially recognized organizations, including officially recognized student groups. See At IU, who can have an account on Webserve, and how do I get one?

Accounts available for those who are not students, faculty, or staff

  • If you are affiliated with IU (e.g., as a contractor or Manpower employee), you may qualify for an IU Affiliate account.
  • If you are attending a conference at IU, you may qualify for a Conference account.
  • Guest accounts provide limited access to certain online applications and services.
  • IU retirees retain access to some accounts and resources.

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