Less than one mile from campus, IU houses one of the most powerful supercomputers on Earth, and many students can use it for free.
On Jan. 20, IU President Michael McRobbie unveiled the Big Red 200 supercomputer, a long-awaited project poised to change the face of research at IU and across the state. The Big Red 200 operates at 5.9 petaFLOPS – a measure of computational speed – making it the 32nd most powerful supercomputer in operation according to a list from Top500, a project tracking and evaluating the international supercomputer market. BR200 is also the single most powerful university-owned AI supercomputer in the U.S.
The supercomputer is a big step forward in IU’s technological prominence. It’s a huge leap for IU during an age defined by technological innovation, promising to bring the university to the forefront of research.
“IU's commitment to making advanced supercomputers available to faculty, staﬀ and students is one of the reasons I took the job here,” said Ben Kravitz, a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, in an interview with IU’s University Information Technology Services.