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Research Computing

Research Computing

The Ross Research Computing team provides support for the empirical research needs of faculty and PhD students at the Ross School of Business. Services include assistance with the following:

  • Identification of data sources
  • Programming for data retrieval and statistical analysis
  • Statistical consultation

The Research Computing (RC) environment consists of several high-performance servers in a grid configuration running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These systems are designed to run computationally intensive numerical calculations as well as large scale statistical applications. All nodes are connected to the Ross School's main network and, in turn, to desktop computers located in offices here, at home, and around the world.

Available software includes mathematical and statistical software, compilers and development tools, and internet tools.

Requesting a Ross RC Grid Account

To request an RC Grid account contact Brian Jones, jonesjb@umich.edu

Data & Computing Sources

In addition to our RC Grid environment, there are data and computing sources available:


The Wharton Research Data Services platform provides both a web-based and server-based environment with which to extract data from a variety of databases. Data is subscribed to on an a la carte basis. We do not subscribe to all data offered. For a list of our current WRDS data subscriptions, click "List of Data Subscriptions" from the side-bar at right.

For a more detailed description of WRDS see https://wrds-web.wharton.upenn.edu/wrds/about/.

Kresge Library

The Kresge librarians offer a variety of services including web-based access to a variety of data bases (for a list see http://www.bus.umich.edu/kresgelibrary/resources/databases.htm).

Kresge also offers assistance in many other areas. Check out their home page for a complete list of resources and services.


FLUX is a U-M campus-wide for-fee computing environment offered by the Advanced Research Computing Technology Services (ARC-TS) group. For details about the ARC-TS click here.

For details regarding FLUX (including cost, account set-up, tutorials, etc.) click here.

This is a campus-wide service that supplies processing power in a RedHat Linux environment on a per/core basis. Information on the types of services provided and the associated monthly cost can be found here.

Note that currently FLUX does not provide permanent storage only scratch space. It is assumed that users will store their permanent data elsewhere. To access their data via FLUX users either use a space which is NFS accessible from FLUX (such as ITS Value Storage, see below) or SFTP the relevant portions of their data to their FLUX account, run the required analysis, then SFTP the results back to wherever.

ITS Value Storage

ITS Value Storage is a campus-wide data storage facility. It is accessible from virtually any environment which supports NFS. There are various data storage packages. Prices do not include back-up. Click here for pricing details