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:

For help determining which of IU's research supercomputing systems is best suited to meet your needs, use the UITS Supercomputing Pathfinder.

To request an account on an Indiana University research system, see Get additional IU computing accounts. Account availability depends on your eligibility.

As of October 14, 2018, two-factor authentication using Duo is required for access to the login nodes on Big Red II, Big Red II+, Carbonate, and Karst at Indiana University, and for SCP and SFTP file transfers to those systems. SSH public-key authentication remains an option for researchers who submit the "SSH public-key authentication to HPS systems" user agreement (log into HPC everywhere beta using your IU username and passphrase), in which you agree to set a passphrase on your private key when you generate your key pair. If you have questions about how two-factor authentication with Duo may impact your workflows, contact the UITS Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT) team. If you have system-specific questions, contact the UITS High Performance Systems (HPS) team. For help with Duo, see Get started with Two-Step Login (Duo) at IU and Help for Two-Step Login (Duo).

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 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 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 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 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 the UITS High Performance Systems team.

Support and consultation services

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. For details, see Research Technologies chargeback services policy. 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 Research Technologies (including Advanced Biomedical Information Technology Core) policy on prioritization of activities and use of resources.

Software support and consulting

Several units within Research Technologies provide user support for software on IU's research computing systems:

  • The Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT) team helps with programming tools, compilers, debuggers, numerical, mathematical, and scientific libraries, and performance analysis packages. To request help, contact the SciAPT team.
  • National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) staff help with genome analysis and computational biology (bioinformatics) applications. To request help, contact NCGAS.
  • The Research Analytics team helps with statistical and mathematical software available on the research computing systems and Student Technology Center (STC) computers, from IUware, and via IUanyWare. To request help, contact the Research Analytics team.
  • Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) consultants help with visualization, interaction, and advanced media software used in AVL facilities. To request help, contact AVL staff.

The SciAPT, NCGAS, Research Analytics, and AVL units also offer short- and long-term consulting services to help IU researchers effectively use scientific software and other innovative information technologies to advance scholarship in basic and biomedical life sciences, and genome analysis. To inquire about each team's consulting services, use the contact links provided above.

HIPAA security consulting

UITS provides consulting and online help for Indiana University researchers, faculty, and staff who need help securely processing, storing, and sharing data containing protected health information (PHI). If you have questions about managing HIPAA-regulated data at IU, contact UITS HIPAA Consulting. To learn more about properly ensuring the safe handling of PHI on UITS systems, see the UITS IT Training video Securing HIPAA Workflows on UITS Systems. For additional details about HIPAA compliance at IU, see HIPAA Privacy & Security on the University Compliance website.

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 PTI News & events page.

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Last modified on 2019-02-13 14:51:31.

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