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Research Data Center at Idaho State University

Idaho State University’s Research Data Center (RDC) is a university-wide facility dedicated to supporting and enhancing the research capabilities of ISU faculty, staff, and students through a centralized hyper-converged infrastructure of virtual machines (VM). These capabilities are available to ISU’s research community through the university’s network.  This facility has 10/40 Gbps intra-RDC network connectivity, a dedicated data transfer node, and substantial compute capabilities with over ½ TB of RAM.

 High Performance Cluster Server Resources                                                            

 The RDC houses three high performance computing servers which includes Thorshammer, Minerve and the newest one Ragnarok.



 - 128 total Cores
 - 9 Compute Nodes
 - 16 GB's of RAM per computer node and 32 for the Head Node

 - 58 TB Array


The Master Node and 8 Compute Nodes contain a total of 144 Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 Cloud Series CPU Cores.                                                                     
 - 128 Total 2.1 GHz Cores on the Compute Nodes
 - 16 Total 2.1 GHz Cores on the Master Node


 - 288 Cores with HT enabled
 - 768 GB Total High Performance ECC System Memory
 - 4 GB per Compute Node Processor Core
 - 16 GB per Master Node Processor Core


 - 104 TB of RAW Storage Space
 - Approximately 73 TB USEABLE Storage Space for Data on Master Node
 - 1.0 TB Raw Storage Space for Data for each Compute Node


 - 1 Gbps Path High Performance Network Backplane
 - 48 Port Gig-E Switch


The newest server donated to ISU by the Idaho National Laboratory. 
More information to come as it comes online. 


 Virtual Machine (VM) Server Resources                                                                    

The RDC has substantial computing resources to support your research needs.
Three server blades each with 2.1 GHz processors and 256 GB of RAM share a 82.9 TB storage array with 10/40 Gbps intra-RDC network connectivity.
These resources are shared to create virtual machines (VMs) for ISU’s research community. A standard or basic VM includes:
- 2 processing cores
- 2 GB RAM
- 50 GB disk storage
- Current support versions of operating systems and anti-virus software
      o Operating systems include Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, or Linux
Requests for larger VMs can be submitted as part of the Research Data Center Virtual Machine Resource User Agreement linked below.

The following documents are available for users interested in utilizing the RDC's resources.

Research Data Center Procedures

Research Data Center Virtual Machine Resource User Agreement

Research Data Center Existing Server User Agreement

The following Power Point presentation gives general info on using the RDC and its resources as well as additional contact information.

How to access and use the RDC

The following video gives information on how to use Globus for data transfer.

Using Globus at Idaho State University

The following documents are draft grant applications. They can be used as a reference or modified by RDC users who are applying for grants that will utilize RDC resources.