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Access for Researchers

The Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure (RCC) group fully supports researchers and their projects. In fact, RCC encourages departments and faculty conducting research that requires heavy computational work to use the High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) to save both departmental resources and grant funds. Generally speaking, the HPCC—fondly known as BigDawg—is available to researchers by request and at no cost. Currently, there are no subject restrictions on projects supporting research. Similarly, there is no restriction on time used. Scheduling is on a first-come-first serve basis, although projects that require days or weeks of continuous time may be interrupted to allow other projects timely access to BigDawg.

The RCC assists SIU Researchers working on computationally intense projects. Contact the RCC about services such as project consultation, collaborative grant writing, and technology support.

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The RCC shows preference to projects that:

  • Benefit multiple areas of the University 
  • Run in parallel or across distributed nodes
  • Are supported by grant income
  • Attract additional grant income
  • Are currently in process
  • Use existing resources
  • Run free or low-cost software
  • Support campus-based issues and initiatives
For additional information about the Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure (RCC) group contact us at or complete the form to request access to BigDawg, the SIU High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC). Although you may be granted access and credentials, you will still need to attend a BigDawg startup session before you can login.