Computing accounts at IU

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Use of Indiana University technology resources (such as 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.

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 Gmail at IU. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students create accounts on the Exchange servers. Graduate and professional students may also create Gmail at IU accounts.

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 is approved for IU data. The service can directly integrate with existing IU systems, such as accounts, IU Login, security, and contractual protections. Your Box account quota is unlimited.

For more, see About Box at IU and Get 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. Students are also provided Gmail with a Google at IU account. 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 Transfer ownership of a group or departmental account.

For details, see About 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 maintain appropriate levels of access control, all users must use an individual login 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.

      For more, see About 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. Carbonate also serves as a "condominium cluster" environment for IU researchers, research labs, departments, and schools.

      For more, see About Carbonate at Indiana University.

    • Slate

      Slate is a centralized, high-performance Lustre file system designed for the persistent storage of scholarly data to meet the needs of data-intensive workflows and analytics running on Indiana University's research supercomputers. Unlike the Data Capacitor II (DC2) file system, Slate is not subject to a purge policy. Total capacity of Slate is 3.4 PB, and the measured aggregate write performance is 64 GB/s.

      For more, see About Slate high-performance storage for research computation at IU.

  • 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 (big data).

      For more, see About Big Red II at Indiana University.


      Big Red II will be retired from service on December 15, 2019. After that date, you will no longer be able to log into Big Red II; however, the data in your Big Red II home directory will remain accessible from your home directory on any of the other IU research supercomputers. Requests for new software installations on Big Red II are currently being redirected to Big Red 3 unless the requested software has requirements specific to Big Red II.

      IU graduate students, faculty, and staff can create Big Red 3 accounts using the instructions in Get additional IU computing accounts. Undergraduate students and affiliates can get Big Red 3 accounts if they are sponsored by full-time IU faculty or staff members; see About Big Red 3, Big Red II, RDC, and SDA accounts for undergraduate students and sponsored affiliates at IU. Grand Challenges users who create Big Red 3 accounts can submit the Request Access to Specialized HPC Resources form to request exclusive access to a portion of the system for running jobs.

      For more, see Upcoming changes to research supercomputers at IU.

    • Big Red 3

      Big Red 3 is a Cray XC40 supercomputer dedicated to researchers, scholars, and artists with large-scale, compute-intensive applications that can take advantage of the system's extreme processing capability and high-bandwidth network topology. Big Red 3 supports programs at the highest level of the university, including the Grand Challenges program.

      For more, see About Big Red 3 at Indiana University.

    • The Research Database Complex (RDC)

      The Indiana University Research Database Complex (RDC) supports research-related MySQL databases and data-intensive applications that require databases. The RDC is strictly devoted to supporting research, and is not an instructional, classroom environment.

    • The Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)

      The Indiana University Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) provides extensive capacity (approximately 79 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 About the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) at Indiana University.


Specialized system accounts

  • Departmental LAN accounts

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

  • University web server (Webserve and IU Sitehosting) accounts

    Webserve and IU Sitehosting provide web space for online publication by IU departments and officially recognized organizations, including officially recognized student groups. See About Webserve and IU Sitehosting accounts.

    Webserve is scheduled for retirement on December 23, 2019, and will be replaced by IU Sitehosting. All sites hosted on Webserve must be migrated to IU Sitehosting by that date or content will be inaccessible.

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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