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: 01/25/2021.

Research Computing Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 1,375
All-Time Research Groups 986
Active Research Groups 843
Active Departments 60
Community Cluster Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 1,234
Active Community Cluster Groups 241
Active Departments 60
Total 2016 CPU Hours 246,842,697
Total 2017 CPU Hours 302,276,149
Total Processor Cores 108,356
Total Cluster Nodes 2,975
Research Storage Statistics
Metric Value
Active Users 171
Active Research Groups 777
Active Departments 1
Research Data Depot Storage Purchased (PB) 3.00
Research Labs Partnering in Research Data Depot 583
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
Rice 40 125
Snyder 26 66
Halstead 36 101
Workbench 43 74
Brown 49 171
Bell 38 108
Research Computing Groups by Academic College
Academic College Number of Research Groups
College of Engineering 304
College of Science 230
College of Agriculture 206
College of Health and Human Sciences 36
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology 30
Krannert School of Management 27
College of Liberal Arts 23
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 22
Purdue Polytechnic Institute 21
College of Education 18
College of Pharmacy 18
School of Veterinary Medicine 18
External Partners 10
Libraries 10
Regional Campuses 4
Office of the Provost - Teaching and Learning 2
The Graduate School 2
Community Cluster Usage by Academic Department
Academic Department Number of Cores
Mechanical Engineering 14,612
OSG CMS Tier2 11,256
Aeronautics and Astronautics 5,976
NULL 5,392
Materials Engineering 5,088
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 4,268
Chemical Engineering 3,748
Electrical and Computer Engineering 2,436
Chemistry 1,984
Nuclear Engineering 1,628
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Biological Engineering) 1,272
Industrial Engineering 1,272
Bioinformatics Core 1,224
Physics and Astronomy 1,164
Other College of Science 1,028
Biological Sciences 960
Biochemistry 876
Animal Sciences 780
Other Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 696
Statistics 640
Agronomy 620
Entomology 608
Civil Engineering 488
Computer Science 488
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 456
Forestry and Natural Resources 452
Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center 400
Botany and Plant Pathology 304
Biomedical Engineering 240
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology 204
Computer and Information Technology 200
ITaP 176
Other College of Engineering 168
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy 160
Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease 152
Economics 136
Food Science 108
Other College of Agriculture 108
Mathematics 104
Cancer Center 88
Management 88
Agricultural Economics 84
Psychological Sciences 64
Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Agricultural Systems Mgmt) 44
Other Libraries 44
Purdue Climate Change Research Center 40
Basic Medical Sciences 24
Computer Graphics Technology 24
School of Engineering Technology 24
Health Sciences 20
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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