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The Luddy School of Informatics , Computing, and Engineering maintains a highly distributed, heterogeneous, networked computing environment consisting of Linux, Windows, and Macintosh workstations and servers across 4 primary facilities (12 auxiliary). This includes over 400 Linux workstations/servers, over 500 Windows workstations/servers and over 200 Apple workstations/servers. There are 3 Linux clusters to support School research and 6 dedicated virtual machine servers are available to host VMs for both research and instruction.  In addition, all members of the school have full access to the vast array of computing systems provided by the central IU IT organization, including the Big Red 3 Cluster (930-node CPU/GPU cluster) and the Scholarly Data Archive (79PB of storage).

The network infrastructure at the School provides a minimum 1000Mbps gigabit ethernet connections to all workstations and all servers as well as 802.11a/b/g wireless connectivity. The facilities have multiple 1 and 10 gigabit connections with campus and research backbones which provides high-speed access to university and worldwide computing resources.

Special-purpose teaching and instructional labs are provided, including multiple electronic classrooms, hardware laboratories, and multiple linux and windows laboratories to support the course work for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Multiple fabrication labs also provides 3D printers, laser cutters, and other fabrication tools to support research and instruction.

The School maintains 19 full time staff members dedicated to IT infrastructure and facilities with the mission of enabling world class research and instruction.

IU’s accessibility mission prioritizes universal access to facilities, information, and technology.

Overview of Luddy IT Services

Luddy IT Group (ITG) supports technology in multiple locations: Luddy Hall, Myles Brand Hall, Multidisciplinary Engineering & Sciences Hall (MESH), Simon Hall, Teter Quad, CIB, and 8 houses in the area. The expectations of ITG in this complex computing environment is breadth and depth of knowledge in many technical disciplines which include:

  • Service Desk front-line support
  • Server systems administration and support (Linux, Windows)
  • Network administration
  • Computer lab set up and support (Linux, Windows, Mac)
  • Desktop and mobile administration and support (Linux, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)
  • Luddy website development and management
  • Software development and support
  • Maker space lab safety, training and equipment technical support
  • Classroom and collaborative space technical support
  • Audio/visual support
  • Hardware maintenance and repair
  • Equipment inventory management – including capital assets
  • Printer support
  • Technical on-boarding
  • IT purchase specification
  • IT purchasing and approval
  • IT policy awareness education
  • Security awareness and data stewardship education
  • Collaboration with Luddy faculty
  • Collaboration with campus IT and policy units (UITS, UIPO, UISO, STC, etc) 

Myles Brand Hall

Myles Brand Hall is a 61,000 SF facility located at 919 E 10th Street, Bloomington Indiana. The Department of Informatics are primary occupants and support both undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Research areas include Human Computer Interaction Design, complex networks, health informatics, security and privacy, computing culture, music informatics, and robotics. The facilities includes office spaces for faculty, staff, research collaborative space, as well as study space, a virtual reality lab, 7 classrooms, and a prototyping lab.

Lower level

  • Undergraduate Office Hours Lab
  • Undergraduate Capstone Lab
  • Undergraduate Computer Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Virtual Reality Lab

Level 1

  • IW100a – small 12 seat conference room
  • IW105 – small 15 seat classroom
  • IW109 – Windows-based computer lab with 35 student workstations
  • IW107 - Flex seating classroom – 35 seats
  • IE122 – 25 seat classroom
  • IE120 – Maker Space ProtoLab, 3D printing, prototyping area
  • IE130 – 50 seat wide lecture room
  • IE150 – 60 seat interactive learning lab

Level 2

  • IW232 – 24 seat conference or classroom space
  • IW226B 10 seat conference room
  • IW258 – 8 seat conference room

Level 3

  • IE350 – HCID collaboration area

Luddy Hall

This 124,000-square-foot building In this natural light–filled building, you’ll find three departments—Computer Science, Information and Library Science, Intelligent Systems Engineering—plus undergraduate and graduate advising, career services, the Deans suite, administration offices, and several high-tech classrooms, labs, and makerspaces. The facility includes a 3,500-square-foot innovation center, and a dedicated space for existing and aspiring entrepreneurial projects.

Level 0

  • Dual-use classroom with Windows and Linux based systems, 27 seats
  • Mac-based computer lab, 32 seats—used as a classroom for teaching Apple technologies, for students working on large format work like data or information visualization, as well as for designing apps for iPhones.
  • Large interactive learning space, 60 seat capacity
  • 3D Fabrication and Design Inquiry Labs for metal and wood materials housing a 4x4 CNC plasma cutter and TORMACH PCNC cutting mill
  • Server room with 24 racks – climate controlled and secured, housing research systems and course support systems. Professionally managed by 3 system administrators.

Level 1

  • Luddy Community Center—Used as an auxiliary conference room and to display student work.
  • Dorsey Auditorium, 160 seat stadium style lecture hall
  • Flex seating classroom, 48 seats
  • Windows-based computer lab, 46 seats

Level 2

Shoemaker Innovation Center—a university-wide, student-focused source of creative and effective approaches to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship at Indiana University. It includes The Shoebox, the student startup incubator at Indiana University. In conjunction with the Kelley School of Business’ Hoosier Hatchery, a pre-incubator at Indiana University, and the City of Bloomington’s Dimension Mill, a local startup accelerator, The Shoebox serves to facilitate student entrepreneurs moving beyond just talking about their business to building, launching, and sustaining their business. With four private offices as well as educational programming offered by the Shoemaker Innovation Center, The Shoebox provides student innovators and entrepreneurs the support they need to succeed.

Level 3

  • Small ISE Prototype Room (2 person) equipped with 4 oscilloscopes, 1 microscope and 1 linux-based workstation
  • Security Lab, 26 seats - specially configured linux-based computers in a lab space that permits students to examine computer and Internet exploits in a confined environment.
  • Linux-based computer classroom/lab, 25 seats

Level 4

  • Visualization Lab with 4X4 visualization wall and VR area
  • Teaching Lab— Intelligent Systems Engineering features a teaching lab that are equipped to conduct both lecture and prototyping activities so students can put theory into practice in real-time in the classroom.
  • 3D Fabrication and Design Inquiry Lab has equipment to engage in clean fabrication processes, which include large-format laser cutters, FDM and SLA 3D printers, and equipment for electronics fabrication, assembly, and testing.
  • Classroom and Fabrication Lab with 8 Tektronix oscilloscopes and 32 linux based workstations
  • 1 standard classroom, 26 seats

Luddy Hall features 17 focus/study rooms in the main atrium

Luddy Living Learning Center - Teter

  • Access to a network of faculty, advisors, tutors, and mentors
  • A trip to visit Silicon Valley employers like Apple, LinkedIn, and Thumbtack during spring break
  • “Dish and Dines,” where you eat dinner with leaders in the technology field and learn about their companies
  • Professional development events like resume reviews and mock projects
  • A course that Luddy LLC students take together
  • makerspace with prototyping equipment just for Luddy LLC students
  • Social programs in evenings and on weekends


Multi-Disciplinary Engineering and Science Hall (MESH)
The School occupies 38,100 square feet at MESH. This space includes dedicated lab spaces for the Intelligent Systems Engineering program, including:

  • A 600 sf fabrication lab
  • 8,502 sf of lab space for Bio-engineering (4 labs), Cyber Physical Systems (4 labs) and Computer Engineering (2 labs)
  • 5,720 sf in two stories for Fibers and Additive Manufacturing Enabled Systems (FAMES) research
  • 5,200 sf in two stories for drone research

Dedicated labs.  There are research-specific labs located in annexed houses in close proximity to Luddy Hall including:

  • 2,100 sf for Robotics research
  • 1,128 sf for Ethos-Geriatric research
  • 1,896 sf for Security research
  • 1,883 sf for Virtual Heritage research
  • 2,600 sf for Internet of Things research

Data Centers
Luddy Hall Data Center

A secured, climate controlled environment houses research systems unique to Luddy.  The room is monitored and systems are managed by full-time professional system administrators employed by Luddy.

IUPUI Data Centers in Indianapolis

Indianapolis data centers are located in the heart of downtown and are among the buildings that comprise “Henry Street,” the crossroads of fiber and telecommunications for the State of Indiana. DataBank is a leader in the market with two strategically located data centers – Our downtown IND1 Carrier Hotel and downtown IND2 Carrier Hotel, a 40,000 sq.ft purpose-built data center.

IU Bloomington Data Center
At the heart of Indiana University's cyberinfrastructure are the robust, reliable supercomputing systems provided and managed by the Research Technologies  division of UITS. These world-class research supercomputers, and the proven professional training, consultation, and support services Research Technologies provides, enable computing research experimentation and implementation, and amplify the talents of local and national researchers.

IU Intelligent Infrastructure (ii)

A suite of services that offers remote access to the same high-performance and high-availability hardware and security devise UITS uses to deliver mission-critical university applications and services.

Big Red 200 which is a Cray Shasta  supercomputer designed to support scientific and medical research, and advanced research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics. A Cray XK7 supercomputer. With new high-performance computing capabilities, including 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors, the new Cray Shasta supercomputer will be the platform for researchers to advance the use of AI across diverse research areas and in the University’s three Grand Challenges initiative to solve local as well as global issues: Precision Health, Prepared for Environmental Change, and Responding to the Addictions Crisis.

Big Red 3 is a Cray XC40 supercomputer dedicated to researchers, scholars, and artists with large-scale, compute-intensive applications that can take advantage of the system's extreme processing capability and high-bandwidth network topology. Big Red 3 supports programs at the highest level of the university, including the Grand Challenges program.

Carbonate is Indiana University's large-memory computer cluster. Designed to support high-performance, data-intensive computing, Carbonate is particularly well-suited for running genome assembly software, large-scale phylogenetic software, and other genome analysis applications that require large amounts of computer memory. To support researchers with deep learning applications, Carbonate also is equipped with 12 GPU-accelerated deep learning (DL) nodes. Additionally, Carbonate provides a "condominium cluster" environment for IU researchers, research labs, departments, and schools.

More information about above systems can be found here:

General IU Bloomington Data Center Information

  • Low-profile, single story bunkered design to protect the university's critical computers and networking equipment
  • Complex square feet: 90,000
  • Building gross square feet: 82,700
  • Designed to withstand an F5 tornado via FEMA building standards
  • Advanced fire suppression and security system
  • 1.5 MW generators with space for a third expansion unit
  • Two 16-cylinder 2,200HP Cummins diesel engines
  • 24x7 Operations Center
  • Constant monitoring of systems, servers, infrastructure
  • Prompt reaction and response for all three IU Data Centers

Enterprise Pod

  • Houses the university's enterprise systems
  • 11,000 square feet of raised floor space
  • Designed as a Tier-3 facility in accordance with the Uptime Institute's four-tier model
  • Designed for a power density of 100 watts per square foot
  • 1MW power distribution
  • Ten (4 currently, 6 in the future) power distribution units (PDU)
  • 24 (12 currently, 12 in the future) remote power panels (RPP), each powered by two separate RPPs fed by two separate PDUs
  • 2 rotary UPS with flywheel energy storage rated at 750kVA/675kW N+1 parallel configuration for Enterprise Pod

Research Pod

  • Houses research and high performance computing hardware, as well as electrical and cooling redundancy
  • 11,000 square feet of raised floor space
  • 500kVA UPS along with back-up generators for HPC switches, head nodes, and all spinning disks
  • 2MW power distribution design with engineered expansion capabilities
  • 2 rotary UPS with flywheel energy storage rated at 1040kW for Research Pod

IU’s Scholarly Data Archive: Scholarly Data Archive (SDA)

The Indiana University Scholarly Data Archive (SDA) provides extensive capacity (approximately 79 PB of tape overall) for storing and accessing research data. The SDA is a distributed storage service co-located at IU data centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis, providing IU researchers with large-scale archival or near-line data storage, arranged in large files, with two copies of data made by default (for disaster recovery).

IU Libraries
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Providing services such as copyright, preservation, open access publishing, digital collection management, statistics, geographic information systems, and textmining.

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