What computing accounts are available at IU, and for whom?
On this page:
- Basic accounts
- Additional accounts
- Accounts for groups, departments, and student organizations
- Research system accounts (all campuses)
- Specialized system accounts
- Accounts available for those who are not students, faculty, or staff
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.
Note:UITS no longer allows the creation of Imail accounts, in anticipation of its retirement. See About the Imail retirement.
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.
Individual home page account (all campuses)
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.
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.
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 About transferring ownership of a group or departmental account.
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:
- If you do not yet have any IU computing accounts
- If you already have some IU accounts
- To set up a group account for an IU department
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
- All IU students, faculty, staff, and sponsored affiliated researchers can request accounts on the following research systems:
karst.uits.iu.edu) is Indiana University's newest 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.
mason.indiana.edu) at Indiana University is a large memory computer cluster configured to support data-intensive, high-performance computing tasks for researchers using genome assembly software (particularly software suitable for assembly of data from next-generation sequencers), large-scale phylogenetic software, or other genome analysis applications that require large amounts of computer memory. At IU, Mason accounts are available to IU faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and students involved in genome research. IU educators providing instruction on genome analysis software, and developers of such software, are also welcome to use Mason. IU has also made Mason available to genome researchers from the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project.
For more, see Mason 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
- 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.
- The Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)
- 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.
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.
For more, see The Research Database Complex (RDC) at Indiana University.
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:
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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