At IU, what research computing services are available?
UITS Research Technologies maintains an advanced scholarly and artistic cyberinfrastructure designed to improve productivity and enable new possibilities in research computing, providing IU researchers and students access to robust, reliable computation and storage systems, advanced media and interactive visualization technologies, scientific, analytical, and bioinformatics software, and support and consultation services to enable the effective use of IU cyberinfrastructure. Many of the technology services Research Technologies provides are formally aligned with the federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). See What services does IU provide for researchers working with ePHI data?
Important: Although UITS HIPAA-aligned resources are managed using standards meeting or exceeding those established for managing institutional data at IU, and are approved by the IU Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (OVPGC) for storing research-related ePHI, they are not recognized by the IU Committee of Data Stewards as appropriate for storing other types of institutional data classified as "Critical" that are not ePHI research data. To determine which services are appropriate for storing sensitive institutional data, including ePHI research data, see Comparing supported data classifications, features, costs, and other specifications of file storage solutions and services with storage components available at IU.
The Committee of Data Stewards and the University Information Policy Office (UIPO) define official classification levels and management standards for institutional data in accordance with IU's Management of Institutional Data (DM-01) policy:
- For help determining which types of data classified as "Critical"
are considered ePHI, see Which data elements in the classifications of institutional data are considered protected health information (PHI)?
- If you have questions about IU's classification of data elements,
contact the appropriate Data
- For help determining the highest classification of institutional data you can store on any given UITS service, contact the University Information Policy Office (UIPO).
On this page:
- High-performance computational and storage systems
- Visualization and analysis systems and services
- Scientific, statistical, mathematical, bioinformatics, advanced multimedia, and interactive visualization software
- Data collections and open source software
- Online tools
- Condominium and cloud 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, use the Account Management Service (AMS); see At IU, if I already have some computing accounts, how do I get others? Account availability depends on your eligibility. For eligibility information, see the "Research system accounts (all campuses)" section in What computing accounts are available at IU, and for whom?
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:
visualization systems at IU
- Science Gateways Group
Scientific, statistical, mathematical, bioinformatics, advanced multimedia, and interactive visualization software
IU students, faculty, and staff have access to a wide variety of scientific, statistical, mathematical, bioinformatics, advanced multimedia, and interactive visualization applications to support their research. Most applications are available on either the research supercomputers or the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) systems. Additionally, some scientific, mathematical, and statistical applications are available on the computers in the Student Technology Centers (STCs), or via IUware and IUanyWare. For more, see:
Software available on IU's research supercomputers
Bioinformatics software supported by the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS)
Statistical and mathematical software supported by Research Analytics
- Advanced multimedia and interactive visualization software supported by the AVL
If you have questions about compilers, programming, scientific/numerical libraries, or debuggers on IU's research systems, request help or information from the Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning team. For help installing or working with genome analysis applications on Mason, email NCGAS.
If you have questions about using statistical and mathematical software at Indiana University, email UITS Research Analytics (formerly known as the Stat/Math Center). Research Analytics is located on the IU Bloomington campus at Woodburn Hall 200, and is open for consultation by appointment Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For more, visit Research Analytics on the web, or call 812-855-4724 (IUB) or 317-278-4740 (IUPUI).
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:
Alfresco Share: Alfresco
Share is a powerful software platform for collaboration,
simplifying the capture, sharing, and retrieval of information across
virtual teams. For more, see At IU, what is Alfresco Share?
IU Cyberinfrastructure Gateway: The Cyberinfrastructure
Gateway (currently in limited beta release) 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:
- What is the Indiana CTSI HUB, and how do I register for an account?
- Where can I find information about research tools the Indiana CTSI provides?
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 for compute services and the IU Data
Capacitor for project storage, and is hosted on IU's Quarry
Gateway Web Services Hosting System. For more, see NCGAS Galaxy Services.
Open Science Grid: The Open Science Grid (OSG) is a
distributed computing infrastructure that interoperates with multiple
other grid infrastructures. Designed for large-scale scientific
research, the OSG allows scientists to seamlessly harness
grid-computing resources worldwide. For more, see What is the Open Science Grid?
- 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 On the Indiana CTSI HUB, what is REDCap, and how do I get an account?
Condominium and cloud 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 Quarry 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 within Quarry in a condominium computing approach, contact Research Technologies.
Through Indiana University's partnership with Penguin Computing, members of the US higher education community (including IU faculty, staff, and departments) can purchase on-demand computational and storage services through the Penguin-On-Demand (POD) "Cluster as a Service" offering. The POD service provides the convenience and flexibility of other cloud computing providers, with two important differences:
- The POD service employs a real high-performance supercomputer
cluster, not virtual machines.
- Because the POD system (Rockhopper) is physically located inside the IU Data Center, researchers can be assured their data are securely stored and maintained.
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) Chargeback 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.
IU researchers can receive short- and long-term support and 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, see:
Biomedical IT Core (ABITC): Ways we can help
Visualization Lab (AVL): Consulting services
National Center for Genome
Analysis Support: NCGAS services
Analytics: Software consulting
- Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT)
HIPAA security consulting
The UITS Advanced Biomedical IT Core (ABITC) provides consulting and online help for Indiana University researchers who need help securely processing, storing, and sharing ePHI research data. 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-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?
Last modified on April 02, 2014.