Research Computing Impact

Please download a copy of the FY 2019 Research Computing Impacts (3.12 MB) publication for information on the impact of Research Computing facilites to Purdue's research mission.

Last updated: 08/15/2020.

Research Computing Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 1,271
All-Time Research Groups 945
Active Research Groups 805
Active Departments 58
Community Cluster Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 1,129
Active Community Cluster Groups 215
Active Departments 58
Total 2016 CPU Hours 246,842,697
Total 2017 CPU Hours 302,276,149
Total Processor Cores 49,988
Total Cluster Nodes 2,519
Research Storage Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 168
Active Research Groups 745
Active Departments 1
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB) 2.76
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot 534
Total Fortress Capacity Used (PB) 19.50
Data Transferred via Globus in 2018 (PB) 3.20
Average Unique Monthly Globus Users in 2018 123
Top 500 Rankings Over Time
Cluster Initial Ranking
Steele #105 (2008)
Coates #102 (2009)
Rossmann #126 (2010)
Hansen #150 (~2011)
Carter #154 (2012)
Conte #128 (2013)
Rice #166 (2015)
Brown #302 (2017)
Partners by Community Cluster
Cluster Departments Faculty
Workbench 43 70
Brown 48 165
Hammer 10 11
Rice 38 124
Snyder 26 65
Halstead 34 98
Research Computing Groups by Academic College
Academic College Number of Research Groups
College of Engineering 288
College of Science 217
College of Agriculture 200
College of Health and Human Sciences 34
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology 30
Krannert School of Management 25
College of Liberal Arts 23
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 21
Purdue Polytechnic Institute 21
College of Pharmacy 18
College of Education 17
School of Veterinary Medicine 16
External Partners 10
Libraries 8
Regional Campuses 4
Office of the Provost - Teaching and Learning 2
The Graduate School 2
Community Cluster Usage by Academic Department
Academic Department Number of Cores
OSG CMS Tier2 11,224
Mechanical Engineering 8,788
Aeronautics and Astronautics 5,784
Materials Engineering 3,440
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 2,604
Electrical and Computer Engineering 1,732
Chemistry 1,152
Chemical Engineering 1,124
Nuclear Engineering 1,116
Industrial Engineering 1,080
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering) 952
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 696
Physics and Astronomy 604
Biochemistry 472
Statistics 448
Biological Sciences 432
Agronomy 428
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center 400
Civil Engineering 296
Computer Science 296
Biomedical Engineering 240
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology 204
Bioinformatics Core 200
Computer and Information Technology 200
Forestry and Natural Resources 196
ITaP 176
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy 160
Animal Sciences 140
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 136
Other College of Science 132
Botany and Plant Pathology 112
Entomology 96
Cancer Center 88
Economics 72
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt) 44
Food Science 44
Other College of Agriculture 44
Other Libraries 44
Mathematics 40
Other College of Engineering 40
Basic Medical Sciences 24
Computer Graphics Technology 24
Management 24
Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease 24
School of Engineering Technology 24
Agricultural Economics 20
Health Sciences 20
Research Funding for HPC Faculty
Fiscal Year HPC Faculty Awards Total Awards
2019 $262.0 Million $521.0 Million
2018 $207.0 Million $458.0 Million
2017 $158.0 Million $421.0 Million
2016 $130.0 Million $403.0 Million
2015 $131.0 Million $401.0 Million

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