Services and support for world-class supercomputing and storage


The Systems group designs and administers the world-class supercomputing and storage systems that make up the hardware component of Indiana University's advanced cyberinfrastructure along with the core services that support their effective use. To address the needs of researchers and their collaborators on the local, national, and international stage, we combine deep human expertise, robust systems and services, and advances in computer science and informatics to:

  • Develop, deliver, and support robust and reliable computation and storage systems and services
  • Enable new types of research, pedagogy, creative activity
  • Amplify the talents and visions of local and national researchers in a wide range of scholarly and artistic disciplines

Systems consists of four groups: Research Storage, Application Desktop Virtualization, High Performance File Systems, and High Throughput Computing.


Research Storage

The Research Storage group enables the IU community to store data reliably, in large quantities, over long periods of time. We manage and support the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) and the Research File System (RFS). These two systems provide advanced and reliable storage services for Indiana University researchers.

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Application Desktop Virtualization

The Application Desktop Virtualization (ADV) team installs, deploys, and supports over 400 virtualized applications and desktops. The environment includes the Citrix NetScaler gateway entry appliance, hundreds of virtual servers, two Windows servers for profile management, and several VMware hosts. These services are available 24/7 to 70,000 users, including all IU faculty, staff, and students.


High Performance File Systems

The High Performance File System (HPFS) group provides high-speed, disk-based storage of data for IU researchers. HPFS operates the Data Capacitor II and the Data Capacitor Wide Area Network (DC-WAN). HPFS also supports advanced scientific workflows and big data problems through implementation and support of DCII and DC-WAN.

HPFS embraces a philosophy of abundance, providing on-disk storage to handle an abundance of data and move it quickly within and beyond IU's advanced cyberinfrastructure.

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High Throughput Computing

The High Throughput Computing (HTC) group supports the use of high-throughput computing by IU researchers and the national research communities. Primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, HTC's current projects include the Open Science Grid Operations Center (GOC), the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP), and the Computational Sciences at Indiana University (CSIU) Virtual Organization (VO).

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