Research Computing Impact

Last updated: 10/20/2018.

Research Computing Statistics

Active Users1,911
All-Time Research Groups745
Active Research Groups608
Active Departments78

Community Cluster Statistics

Active Users1,146
Active Community Cluster Groups178
Active Departments52
Total 2016 CPU Hours246,842,695
Total 2017 CPU Hours302,276,147
Total Processor Cores46,416
Total Cluster Nodes2,383

Research Storage Statistics

Active Users1,685
Active Research Groups547
Active Departments76
Total Data Depot Capacity (PB)2.25
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB)2.09
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot434
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 Engineering244
College of Science175
College of Agriculture157
College of Health and Human Sciences25
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology25
Purdue Polytechnic Institute18
College of Liberal Arts16
Krannert School of Management14
College of Education14
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships11
School of Veterinary Medicine11
College of Pharmacy10
External Partners9
Office of the Provost - Teaching and Learning1
Regional Campuses1
The Graduate School1

Community Cluster Usage by Academic Department

Number of Cores
OSG CMS Tier27,504
Mechanical Engineering6,204
Aeronautics and Astronautics5,376
Materials Engineering3,200
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences2,172
Electrical and Computer Engineering1,660
Chemical Engineering864
Industrial Engineering656
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships600
Nuclear Engineering588
Physics and Astronomy532
Biological Sciences412
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center400
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering)304
Civil Engineering248
Computer Science224
Bioinformatics Core200
Computer and Information Technology200
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology200
Biomedical Engineering168
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture136
Forestry and Natural Resources128
Cancer Center88
Botany and Plant Pathology64
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt)44
Animal Sciences44
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy40
Computer Graphics Technology24
School of Engineering Technology24
Agricultural Economics20
Food Science20
Health Sciences20
Other College of Engineering20
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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