Research Computing Impact

Last updated: 12/16/2018.

Research Computing Statistics

Active Users1,934
All-Time Research Groups763
Active Research Groups624
Active Departments80

Community Cluster Statistics

Active Users1,156
Active Community Cluster Groups181
Active Departments54
Total 2016 CPU Hours246,842,695
Total 2017 CPU Hours302,276,147
Total Processor Cores46,416
Total Cluster Nodes2,383

Research Storage Statistics

Active Users1,701
Active Research Groups562
Active Departments77
Total Data Depot Capacity (PB)2.25
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB)2.13
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot438
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 Engineering246
College of Science181
College of Agriculture162
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology26
College of Health and Human Sciences25
Purdue Polytechnic Institute18
College of Liberal Arts17
College of Education14
Krannert School of Management14
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships13
School of Veterinary Medicine11
College of Pharmacy11
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 Engineering6,612
Aeronautics and Astronautics5,376
Materials Engineering3,200
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences2,220
Electrical and Computer Engineering1,660
Chemical Engineering864
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships696
Industrial Engineering656
Nuclear Engineering588
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering)544
Physics and Astronomy532
Biological Sciences412
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center400
Civil Engineering248
Computer Science224
Bioinformatics Core200
Computer and Information Technology200
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology200
Biomedical Engineering168
Forestry and Natural Resources152
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture136
Cancer Center88
Botany and Plant Pathology64
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt)44
Animal Sciences44
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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