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 at IU, you can request an account on Pages, which serves individual websites at

Box (all campuses)


Box cloud storage will be retired at Indiana University in spring 2021. Migration of IU's Box data began in June 2020. For details about cloud storage options at IU, see Storage @ IU.

After your files are migrated from Box, the Box versions become read-only. Migrations will be finished by March 2021, and access to Box will be terminated in May 2021.

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 many Google applications, and while similar to free, personal Google accounts, provides additional functionality and an unlimited quota.

Microsoft Office 365 at IU

Microsoft Office 365 at IU gives students, faculty, and staff access to the Office 365 software suite, Microsoft OneDrive at IU, and Microsoft Teams at IU.

Workstation accounts (IUB only)

The Burrow, a cluster of Linux workstations in Luddy Hall, is reserved for use by students taking Luddy School classes. Accounts are created automatically for students enrolled in 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 (for example, 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:
    • 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.

    • Carbonate

      Carbonate is Indiana University's large-memory computer cluster. Designed to support data-intensive computing, Carbonate is particularly well-suited for running genome assembly software, large-scale phylogenetic software, and other genome analysis applications that require large amounts of computer memory. Carbonate provides specialized deep learning (DL) and GPU partitions for researchers with deep learning applications and other applications that require GPUs. Additionally, Carbonate offers a colocation service to IU researchers, research labs, departments, and schools.

      For more, see About Carbonate at Indiana University.

    • 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.

      Karst will be retired from service in December of 2020. As of October 12, 2020, no new Karst accounts are being created. You will not be able to log into Karst after December 18, 2020, but the data in your Karst home directory will remain accessible from the other IU research supercomputers until December 31, 2021. For more, including information about Quartz, Karst's replacement system, see About the Karst retirement.
    • 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):
    • 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.

    • Big Red 200

      IU's newest research supercomputer, Big Red 200, is expected to enter production service during the fall 2020 semester. When Big Red 200 enters production service, IU graduate students, faculty, and staff will be able to create Big Red 200 accounts using the instructions in Get additional IU computing accounts. Undergraduate students and affiliates will be able to request Big Red 200 accounts if they are sponsored by full-time IU faculty or staff members.

    For accounts that require sponsorship, your sponsor must email the appropriate UITS Research Technologies unit to request the account on your behalf; the request should include your IU username and a brief justification of your request:

Specialized system accounts

  • Departmental LAN accounts

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

  • University web server (IU Sitehosting) accounts

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

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

  • If you are affiliated with IU (for example, 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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