Digital Science Center (DSC)

Creating an intuitive, accessible cyberinfrastructure


The Digital Science Center (DSC) is part of the IU School of Informatics and Computing and is affiliated with the IU Pervasive Technology Institute.

Modern cyberinfrastructure (CI) holds unlimited potential in research, discovery and industry—from unlocking the deeper secrets of the human genome to designing more effective medicines and more efficient aircraft. Despite the significant benefits offered by advanced CI, many researchers and scientists still do not make use of these powerful resources, as the technology can be difficult and time-consuming to learn.

Making supercomputing—and all advanced CI tools—more effective for public- and private-sector researchers is a key activity of the Digital Science Center (DSC). The DSC explores new applications related to the most cutting-edge grid and cloud technologies, and is working to define some of the most powerful new computational techniques available. These techniques will drive the future of US industry and scientific research.



Director, Digital Science Center

Dr. Geoffrey Fox is director of the Digital Science Center, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the IU School of Informatics and Computing, and a professor of informatics and computing and physics at Indiana University. Fox currently works on applying computer science to bioinformatics, defense, earthquake and ice- sheet science, particle physics, and chemical informatics. He is pr...Read More »

Our work

Addressing the urgent need to analyze and compute large amounts of data, the DSC:

  • Investigates new programming models for parallel multicore and grid/cloud computing.
  • Develops web services, portals, and gateway technologies to facilitate scientific computing and collaboration.
  • Creates new methods for studying, modeling, and simulating complex networks and systems in nature, technology, and society.
  • Develops open-source software and tools that optimize the performance of supercomputers.