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.

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The Research Technologies division of UITS provides several systems and services that meet certain requirements established in the HIPAA Security Rule that enable their use with research data containing protected health information (PHI). However, if you store research data containing PHI on these resources, you are responsible for instituting additional administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that complement those Research Technologies already has in place. For more about your responsibilities when working with HIPAA-regulated PHI, see When using UITS Research Technologies systems and services, what are my legal responsibilities for protecting the privacy and security of data containing protected health information? For additional help, contact the UITS Advanced Biomedical IT Core (ABITC).

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High-performance computational and storage systems

IU researchers have access to world-class supercomputers and data storage systems; for more, see:

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.

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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:

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:

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:

Online tools

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:

Condominium computing

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.

If you are interested in hosting computational nodes in the Karst cluster using the condominium computing service model, contact Research Technologies.

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:

Software consulting

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:

HIPAA security consulting

The UITS Advanced Biomedical IT Core provides consulting and online help for Indiana University researchers who need help securely processing, storing, and sharing data containing PHI. If you need help or have questions about managing HIPAA-regulated data at IU, contact the ABITC. For additional details about HIPAA compliance at IU, see HIPAA & ABITC and the Office of Vice President and General Counsel (OVPGC) HIPAA Privacy & Security page.

System support

System-specific support is also available from Research Technologies. Use the corresponding links below to request help with or information about the following systems:

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 2015-07-22.

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