At IU, what research computing services are available?
The Research Technologies division of UITS provides the robust, reliable supercomputing and storage systems, advanced media and interactive visualization technologies, widely used scientific, analytical, and bioinformatics applications, and proven professional training, consultation, and support services that embody the core of Indiana University's advanced scholarly and artistic cyberinfrastructure, thereby enabling enhanced productivity and discovery in research computing, and amplifying the talents of local and national researchers.
On this page:
- High-performance computational and storage systems
- Visualization and analysis systems and services
- Scientific, analytic, and advanced visualization software
- Data collections and open source software
- Online tools
- Condominium computing
- Support and consultation services
High-performance computational and storage systems
IU researchers have access to world-class supercomputers and data storage systems; for more, see:
- At IU, what supercomputer systems are available for academic research?
- What research storage systems are available at IU?
To request an account on an Indiana University research system, see At IU, if I already have some computing accounts, how do I get others? Account availability depends on your eligibility.
Visualization and analysis systems and services
The Visualization and Analytics area of Research Technologies provides systems, software, and services that help IU researchers extract knowledge from their data through a variety of visualization techniques, quantitative analysis methods, and community-oriented workflows. Visualization and Analytics also provides advanced media and interactive visualization technologies that enable IU students, educators, and artists express their creative visions. For more, see:
- Advanced visualization systems at IU
- Advanced Visualization Lab
- Research Analytics
- Science Gateways Group
Scientific, analytic, and advanced visualization software
IU students, faculty, and staff have access to a wide variety of advanced scientific, analytic, and advanced visualization applications to support their research. Most applications are available on either the research supercomputers or the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) systems. Additionally, some statistical and mathematical applications are available on the computers in the Student Technology Centers (STCs), or via IUware and IUanyWare. For more, see:
- At IU, what software is available on the research computing systems?
- Statistical and mathematical software available at IU
- Visualization, interaction, and advanced media software supported by the AVL
If you need help with any of the applications Research Technologies provides, refer to the information in this document's Support and consultation services section (below).
Data collections and open source software
Additionally, Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) Research Centers, along with PTI Service and Cyberinfrastructure Centers, provide numerous digital data collections and online services, and distribute open source applications, all of which enable scientific research at IU and throughout the US; for more, see:
Research Technologies provides several online tools designed to help IU researchers effectively collaborate with each other while effectively using the IU cyberinfrastructure to achieve their scientific goals:
- IU Cyberinfrastructure Gateway: The Cyberinfrastructure Gateway is an online portal designed to centralize information about and access to IU's advanced scholarly and artistic cyberinfrastructure. For more, see What is the IU Cyberinfrastructure Gateway?
- Indiana CTSI HUB: The Indiana CTSI HUB is an online portal providing information and tools to biomedical researchers at IU, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, and to local and national community health organizations. For more, see:
- Galaxy: The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) provides Galaxy @ IU, a web-based platform for data-intensive genome analysis research. Galaxy @ IU employs IU's Mason cluster and Data Capacitor II for compute services and project storage, respectively, and is hosted on IU's Quarry Gateway Web Services Hosting System. For more, see NCGAS Galaxy Services.
- MyOSG: The MyOSG portal is a centralized location for finding information, tools, and services related to the Open Science Grid (OSG), a distributed computing infrastructure that interoperates with multiple other grid infrastructures, allowing scientists to seamlessly harness grid-computing resources worldwide for large-scale scientific research. The OSG Operations Center at IU provides a single point of operational support for OSG users, resource providers, and collaborators. For more, see the OSG website and the OSG wiki.
- REDCap: IU's Research Electronic Data Capture REDCap system is a web-based database management tool for capturing, using, and sharing research data. For more, see At IU, what is REDCap, and how do I get an account?
Research Technologies condominium computing services are designed to allow IU departments to offload the work of managing, securing, and backing up their departmental research IT systems and system components.
If you or your IU sub-unit have money available to use for a computing cluster, you always have the option of buying and operating your own cluster, as well as managing it, backing it up, and securing it against hackers. Alternatively, you can purchase nodes that are compatible with IU's Karst cluster, have them installed in the very secure IUB Data Center, have them available when you want to use them, and have them managed, backed up, and secured by UITS Research Technologies staff. With this option, you get access to your nodes within seconds of requesting their use. Additionally, when they are not in use, they become available to others in the IU community, thereby expanding the computing capability available to the IU community while conserving natural resources and energy. Since any piece of computing equipment has a relatively short useful life (about four years), and it takes considerable energy and a variety of metals to make a computer node, the least environmental impact is achieved by using computing equipment to its absolute maximum capability. Because of the benefits to the IU community, UITS generally hosts condominium computing nodes without charging maintenance or operations fees.
Support and consultation services
Note: Consulting services and computing cycles are offered to students, faculty, and staff as baseline services through university funding without any direct charge. However, some services (such as requests to maintain personal/departmental workstations and software for such workstations) may be on a charge-back basis. See Research Technologies (RT) Charge-back Services Policy for details. Consulting services for an extended period of time (over 20 hours) require a signed agreement between the researcher and UITS. For more, see "Guidelines for and terms of Research Technologies extended consulting services" in RT Policy on Prioritization of Work.
Software user support
Several units within Research Technologies provide user support for research software:
- For help with programming tools, compilers, debuggers, numerical, mathematical, and scientific libraries, or performance analysis packages on IU's research computing systems, contact the Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT) team or visit the SciAPT home page.
- For help with genome analysis or computational biology (bioinformatics) applications on IU's research computing systems, contact the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) or visit the NCGAS home page.
- For help with statistical and mathematical software available on the IU's research computing systems or STC computers, from IUware, or via IUanyWare, contact the UITS Research Analytics team or visit the Research Analytics Software Consulting page.
- For help with visualization, interaction, and advanced media software used in AVL facilities, contact AVL staff or visit the AVL website.
IU researchers can receive short- and long-term consulting to help them effectively use scientific software and other innovative information technologies that advance scholarship in basic and biomedical life sciences, and genome analysis. For more about consulting services Research Technologies units provide, see:
- Advanced Biomedical IT Core (ABITC): Ways we can help
- Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL): Consulting services
- National Center for Genome Analysis Support: NCGAS services
- Research Analytics: Software consulting
- Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT)
HIPAA security consulting
UITS provides consulting and online help for Indiana University researchers who need help securely processing, storing, and sharing data containing PHI. If you have questions about managing HIPAA-regulated data at IU, or need help, contact UITS HIPAA Consulting. For additional details about HIPAA compliance at IU, see HIPAA Privacy & Security on the Office of Vice President and General Counsel (OVPGC) website.
System-specific support is also available from Research Technologies. Use the corresponding links below to request help with or information about the following systems:
|Systems||How to get help|
|Big Red II
Research Database Complex (RDC)
|Email the High Performance Systems team|
|Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)
Research File System (RFS)
|Email the Research Storage team|
|Visualization and Collaborative Theater
Ultra-High Resolution Display Wall
Virtual Reality Theater
|Email the Advanced Visualization Lab|
|Data Capacitor II, DC-WAN||Email the High Performance File Systems team|
|Open Science Grid||Email OSG
Email the OSG Operations Center
Note: To report a security issue, or request membership or campus grid registration, submit a ticket to the OSG Operations Center.
News, training, and more information
For news on research computing services available at IU, see the Research Technologies News page. For training opportunities, see Cyberinfrastructure Training and InfoShares. For more see, Where can I get help using IU's supercomputers?
This is document anrf in the Knowledge Base.
Last modified on 2015-09-30.
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