Systems and Services

Center for Research Computing offers several services to assist researchers with data storage, education, management, and computing. Utilizing the high-performance cluster options, you will be able to do your research while we manage your computing and storage needs.


  • KU Community Cluster

    The Center for Research Computing (CRC) supports a shared KU Community Cluster for multidisciplinary research, housed in the NIH funded Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) data center, located in Nichols Hall, with an environmental and electrical infrastructure designed to accommodate current and future computing requirements.

  • Hawk

    Modeled after the KU Community cluster, the Hawk cluster support Individually identifiable health information that is used in research but that is not associated with or derived from a healthcare service event is considered research health information (RHI), or research identifiable data.


    ACCESS is a program established and funded by the National Science Foundation to help researchers and educators, with or without supporting grants, to utilize the nation’s advanced computing systems and services – at no cost.

  • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

    Cloud-based system that uses Microsoft Azure cloud to meet the appropriate standards for each sponsored-research effort.


  • High Performance Cluster Storage

    The High Performance Cluster Storage is directly attached to the KU Community Cluster and Hawk. This highly parallel file system allows for high throughput and fast read and writes to serve the needs of the clusters.

  • Research File Storage

    Research File Storage (ResFS) provides easily accessible file sharing services to KU research projects, research groups and service labs. Any tenure track faculty member, designated research center, department or principal investigator on a research grant can purchase ResFS storage.

  • Globus

    Globus is a robust web platform file transfer service designed to move large sets of data across the world. Globus can also be used to share data to anyone from any research storage platform or personal desktop. CRC provides this service through the 100Gb Science DMZ network.


  • Software

    The software modules environment is used to manage your software environment. Unlike a traditional computer, software needs to be loaded in your environment before it is ready to use. This simplifies the management of environment variables associated with various software packages.

  • Data

    Center for Research Computing can help with any questions pertaining to storage solutions on campus for data management inquires. KU Libraries specializes in providing guidance and services for the entire data management workflow.


  • Training

    Training sessions are offered periodically on a wide range of topics including new user training, advanced cluster controls, software, and storage systems. One on one and classroom training is also available. Previous recorded training sessions available.