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Research system accounts

If you are an IU faculty or staff member, IU student, or a sponsored affiliated researcher, you can request access to IU’s research systems and services, including computational systems and research storage accounts.

Requesting an account

If you are working on a research project that requires supercomputing or data storage, UITS can provide the access you need.

Types of research system accounts

Eligible students, faculty, and staff can request accounts on the following research systems:


A centralized, high-performance Lustre file system designed for the persistent storage of scholarly data to meet the needs of data-intensive workflows and analytics running on IU’s research supercomputers.

The Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)

A distributed storage service co-located at IU data centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis that provides extensive capacity for storing and accessing research data. Offers large-scale archival or near-line data storage.

The Research Database Complex (RDC)

Supports research-related MySQL databases and data-intensive applications that require databases.

Big Red 3

Cray XC40 supercomputer with extreme processing capability and high-bandwidth network topology. Ideal for large-scale, compute-intensive applications.

Big Red 200

IU's newest research supercomputer, a Cray Shasta supercomputer designed to support scientific and medical research, and advanced research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics.


IU’s high-throughput computing cluster designed to deliver large amounts of processing capacity over long periods of time. Note: Karst was retired from service in December of 2020. Data in Karst home directories remains accessible from the other IU research supercomputers until December 31, 2021.


IU’s large-memory computer cluster designed to support data-intensive computing. Well suited for genome assembly software, large-scale phylogenetic software, and other genome analysis applications.