Research Computing Impact

Last updated: 04/20/2019.

Research Computing Statistics

Active Users2,015
All-Time Research Groups792
Active Research Groups653
Active Departments81

Community Cluster Statistics

Active Users1,133
Active Community Cluster Groups187
Active Departments56
Total 2016 CPU Hours246,842,695
Total 2017 CPU Hours302,276,147
Total Processor Cores45,976
Total Cluster Nodes2,364

Research Storage Statistics

Active Users1,788
Active Research Groups588
Active Departments80
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB)2.26
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot450
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 Engineering256
College of Science187
College of Agriculture171
College of Health and Human Sciences29
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology28
College of Liberal Arts20
Purdue Polytechnic Institute19
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships16
Krannert School of Management16
College of Education15
College of Pharmacy12
School of Veterinary Medicine11
External Partners9
Regional Campuses1
The Graduate School1
Office of the Provost - Teaching and Learning1

Community Cluster Usage by Academic Department

Number of Cores
OSG CMS Tier27,504
Mechanical Engineering7,356
Aeronautics and Astronautics5,376
Materials Engineering3,248
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences2,556
Electrical and Computer Engineering1,708
Industrial Engineering920
Chemical Engineering864
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering)832
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships696
Nuclear Engineering588
Physics and Astronomy556
Biological Sciences412
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center400
Civil Engineering248
Biomedical Engineering240
Computer Science224
Bioinformatics Core200
Computer and Information Technology200
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology200
Forestry and Natural Resources152
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture136
Animal Sciences116
Cancer Center88
Botany and Plant Pathology64
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt)44
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy40
Computer Graphics Technology24
Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease24
School of Engineering Technology24
Agricultural Economics20
Food Science20
Health Sciences20
Other College of Agriculture20
Other Libraries20

Research Funding for HPC Faculty

Fiscal Year Total Awards
2018$458.0 Million
2017$421.0 Million
2016$403.0 Million
2015$401.0 Million

Research awards chart 2015

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