Research Computing (RCAC)

ITaP Research Computing (RCAC) offers Purdue faculty researchers and their students expert assistance and an array of tools and services for intensive computation, modeling, simulation, data management and analysis, data visualization, virtual collaboration, and more.

Community Cluster Program

RCAC operates a suite of top-ranked cooperative supercomputing clusters for intensive computational needs, modeling and simulation. This faculty and ITaP partnership also comes with expert user support; software installation and consulting; management of large data sets; working and archival storage; and high-speed networks linking campus computing resources and connecting the campus to national resources.


Open to any Purdue researcher, DiaGrid is an opportunistic computational pool that taps tens of thousands of idle processors in high-performance computing clusters and other machines. DiaGrid also includes a workflow system for automatically harnessing the right tool (or combination of tools) for the right job and Web-based versions of a growing array of research software such as BLAST, R, the Community Earth System Model (CESM), Gromacs, and more.

Services and Solutions

The RCAC Scientific Solutions Group provides expert help including design of computational applications and management of data sets; software development and consulting services; and collaboration on grant proposals. The group also assists researchers in accessing the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE cyberinfrastructure, the largest collection of digital resources for research in the world.


HUBzero is a ready-made cyberinfrastructure for research and education. A major HUBzero feature is its ability to deploy computational research codes, and visualize and analyze results, all through a Web browser. Built-in social networking creates communities in almost any field or subject matter and facilitates communication and collaboration, distribution of research results, training and education. Moreover, the platform has a growing set of data management and interactive database capabilities.

Envision Center

Envision Center uses a blend of technology and art to support research and teaching by graphically representing data and information. It specializes in technology and techniques such as data visualization and analysis; virtual simulation; human-computer interaction; and media creation, including video and animations. Besides operating the hardware and software, expert staff and students at the Envision Center consult on ways to graphically represent research results and enhance learning and they collaborate on grants, including building proof-of-concept demos that may be needed for proposals.

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