Research Data Center Facilities

In support of University research endeavors, Northwestern’s secure and reliable Data Center facilities provide for the computation and data storage necessary to sustain high performance computing needs.

High Performance Computing

Quest, is Northwestern’s centrally provided high performance computing cluster, providing large-scale flexible and extensible research data storage, shared software licenses and applications, collaboration resources, visualization tools, and data backup/preservation services to University researchers.

The Social Sciences Computing Cluster (SSCC) is customized for social sciences research activities offering an advanced computational capability and a suite of statistical software applications. Researchers can view specific node activity on the system through the SSCC Cluster Report.

Dedicated space is also provided within the Data Center facilities for research faculty to house computational equipment to carry out research grant projects on campus.

Global Research Networks

The International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) is an international research center supporting advanced networks research through cooperative partnerships with other national and international communities and organizations, including universities, national federal labs, standards organizations, advanced networking research organizations, and corporate research centers.

Northwestern researchers have access to the Science, Technology, and Research Transit Access Point (StarLight), one of the world’s largest optical network exchanges for national and international research and education networks and a cornerstone of the evolving e-science infrastructure. Housed at Northwestern, the large, research-friendly facility offers an advanced optical infrastructure and proving ground for network services optimized for high-performance applications.

The StarLight consortium, comprised of national and international research participants, create opportunities for new methods and technologies in areas such as e-science, network monitoring and analysis, and optical switching and routing.

Additional Information

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

Data Center Facility Support
847-467-2753
r-ostrowski@northwestern.edu