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: 04/21/2021.

Research Computing Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 1,309
All-Time Research Groups 1,001
Active Research Groups 848
Active Departments 60
Community Cluster Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 1,169
Active Community Cluster Groups 211
Active Departments 60
Total 2016 CPU Hours 246,842,697
Total 2017 CPU Hours 302,276,149
Total Processor Cores 99,228
Total Cluster Nodes 2,332
Research Storage Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 171
Active Research Groups 794
Active Departments 1
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB) 3.00
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot 595
Total Fortress Capacity Used (PB) 19.00
Data Transferred via Globus in 2018 (PB) 3.00
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
Hammer 10 11
Halstead 36 101
Workbench 45 77
Brown 50 171
Bell 42 127
Research Computing Groups by Academic College
Academic College Number of Research Groups
College of Engineering 319
College of Science 240
College of Agriculture 207
College of Health and Human Sciences 38
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology 36
Krannert School of Management 27
College of Liberal Arts 23
Purdue Polytechnic Institute 22
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 22
College of Education 20
College of Pharmacy 20
School of Veterinary Medicine 18
External Partners 10
Libraries 10
Regional Campuses 5
The Graduate School 2
Office of the Provost - Teaching and Learning 2
Community Cluster Usage by Academic Department
Academic Department Number of Cores
Mechanical Engineering 19,144
OSG CMS Tier2 15,336
Aeronautics and Astronautics 4,784
Materials Engineering 4,188
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 3,784
Chemical Engineering 3,756
Electrical and Computer Engineering 1,748
Chemistry 1,548
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering) 1,132
Nuclear Engineering 1,088
Physics and Astronomy 1,084
Industrial Engineering 1,036
Bioinformatics Core 1,024
Other College of Science 968
Biochemistry 836
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 696
Biological Sciences 668
Animal Sciences 640
Entomology 536
Civil Engineering 468
Computer Science 452
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 432
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center 400
Statistics 380
Agronomy 360
Forestry and Natural Resources 328
Botany and Plant Pathology 284
Biomedical Engineering 240
ITaP 236
Management 216
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology 204
Other College of Engineering 168
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy 160
Economics 136
Mathematics 136
Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease 128
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt) 108
Cancer Center 88
Food Science 88
Other College of Agriculture 88
Agricultural Economics 84
Psychological Sciences 64
School of Engineering Technology 64
Purdue Climate Change Research Center 40
Basic Medical Sciences 24
Computer Graphics Technology 24
Other Libraries 24
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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