Purchase Process

Halstead Cluster

Easy Purchase

Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) partners with select vendors to offer ITaP-maintained Community Clusters and research storage options. ITaP Research Computing and Storage offers peace of mind, lower overhead, and are more cost-effective than operating resources yourself.

Purchasing any ITaP Research service is easy! Simply find the option you are interested in below, log in with your career account, and enter your Purdue spending account information in the online form.

You may view your orders at any time. Once your business office has approved the accounts provided, we will contact you with any follow-up questions and direct you to our self-serve account management portal where you can grant access to any researchers or students you wish to authorize.

Community Clusters

ITaP is currently offering purchase of access to nodes in a traditional CPU cluster, a dedicated GPU cluster, and a data processing desktop environment serving distinct communities:

  • Features nodes with two 64-core AMD Epyc "Rome" processors (128 cores per node but purchased by the 64-core half-node), 256 GB of memory, and an HDR Infiniband network. Bell is optimized for a wide variety of highly-parallel and HPC applications.

  • Features nodes with two Intel Xeon "Sky Lake" processors (16 - 24 cores per node), at least 192 GB of memory, and an EDR Infiniband network. Gilbreth is optimized for GPU-based applications such as Machine Learning.

  • Features Dell compute nodes with 24-core AMD EPYC 7401P processors (24 cores per node), and 512 GB of memory. The Data Workbench is an interactive compute environment for computing and data analysis, providing easy access to data analysis tools, Jupyterhub notebooks, and Rstudio server, without a batch queueing system.

Secured Research Services

  • Features nodes with two 10-core Intel Xeon "Haswell" processors (20 cores per node), and 64 GB of memory. Weber is only for data and research applications covered by export control regulations such as EAR, ITAR, or requiring compliance with the NIST SP 800-171

Research Storage

ITaP offers several high-end storage solutions to help researchers with their unique storage needs:

  • High-capacity, fast, reliable, and secure data storage system designed and configured for the needs of Purdue researchers and campus units in any field. Data in the Research Data Depot is directly accessible from other ITaP Research resources and is also shareable with both on-campus and off-campus collaborators.

  • A Box Research Lab Folder is a managed storage solution built on top of the Box.com cloud platform, for research labs to share and collaborate within the lab and with outside collaborators. A research lab folder is for research data that is not classified as sensitive or restricted.

  • A REED Folder is a managed storage solution built on top of the Box.com cloud platform, to support storage and collaboration for research projects requiring compliance with regulations or heightened security.