Research computing services at IU

UITS Research Technologies 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.


The Research Technologies division of UITS provides several systems and services that meet certain requirements established in the HIPAA Security Rule thereby enabling their use for research involving data that contain protected health information (PHI). However, using a UITS Research Technologies resource does not fulfill your legal responsibilities for protecting the privacy and security of data containing PHI. You may use these resources for research involving data containing PHI only if you institute additional administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that complement those UITS already has in place.

For more, see Your legal responsibilities for protecting data containing protected health information (PHI) when using UITS Research Technologies systems and services.

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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 Get additional IU computing accounts. Account availability depends on your eligibility.

Visualization and analysis systems and services

The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) 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. The AVL also provides advanced media and interactive visualization technologies that enable IU students, educators, and artists express their creative visions. For more, see About the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL).

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 the research supercomputers. Additionally, some statistical and mathematical applications are available on 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 Software support section in Research computing support at IU.

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 PTI's Open source software production.

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:

  • Galaxy: The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) maintains a Galaxy Services portal, providing access to a selection of Galaxy instances to match different affiliations. IU students and faculty have access to Galaxy @ IU, which employs IU's high-performance compute clusters and Data Capacitor II for compute services and project storage, respectively.
  • IU REDCap: IU's implementation of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) provides web-based database management tools for capturing, using, and sharing research data; for more, see Get started with IU REDCap.

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 Carbonate 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 on the Carbonate cluster using the condominium computing service model, contact the UITS High Performance Systems team.

Support and consultation services

Support for users of IU's research cyberinfrastructure is provided by various UITS Research Technologies units. For details, see Research computing support at IU.

Training and outreach

UITS Research Technologies provides trainings, workshops, seminars, tours, and outreach events that connect students, educators, and researchers with the services they need to reach discovery. For details, see Training and outreach for advanced computing and research.

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Last modified on 2020-02-24 13:35:08.

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