Research Computing Impact

Last updated: 04/21/2018.

Research Computing Statistics

Active Users1,810
All-Time Research Groups687
Active Research Groups574
Active Departments71

Community Cluster Statistics

Active Users1,083
Active Community Cluster Groups193
Active Departments44
Total 2016 CPU Hours (Millions)289
Total Processor Cores54,832
Total Cluster Nodes2,945

Research Storage Statistics

Active Users1,555
Active Research Groups497
Active Departments67
Total Data Depot Capacity (PB)2.25
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB)1.83
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot397
Total Fortress Capacity (PB)50
Total Fortress Capacity Used (PB)19.50
Data Transferred via Globus in 2016 (PB)2.50
Unique Users Transferring Data via Globus in 2016 (PB)93

Top 500 Rankings Over Time

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


Research Computing Groups by Academic College

Number of Research Groups
College of Engineering227
College of Science166
College of Agriculture145
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology24
College of Health and Human Sciences23
College of Liberal Arts16
Purdue Polytechnic Institute15
College of Education14
School of Veterinary Medicine11
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships10
Krannert School of Management10
College of Pharmacy9
External Partners9
Office of the Provost - Teaching and Learning1
Regional Campuses1

Community Cluster Usage by Academic Department

Number of Cores
Mechanical Engineering7,312
OSG CMS Tier26,640
Aeronautics and Astronautics4,944
Electrical and Computer Engineering4,468
Materials Engineering3,288
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences2,564
Nuclear Engineering1,564
Physics and Astronomy916
Biomedical Engineering808
Industrial Engineering672
Chemical Engineering668
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships600
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering)464
Biological Sciences404
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center400
Civil Engineering344
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology328
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture272
Computer and Information Technology248
Computer Science240
Bioinformatics Core200
Cancer Center136
Forestry and Natural Resources120
Animal Sciences44
Botany and Plant Pathology40
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy40
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt)36
Brian Lamb School of Communication32
Agricultural Economics20
Food Science20
Health Sciences20
Other Libraries20

Research Funding for HPC Faculty

Fiscal Year Total Awards
2018$268.0 Million
2017$421.0 Million
2016$403.0 Million
2015$401.0 Million

Research awards chart 2015

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