Sign up for the U-M Research Computing PackageThe University of Michigan Research Computing Package (UMRCP), provided by ITS, is an investment into the U-M research community via simple, dependable access to several ITS-provided high-performance computing clusters and data storage resources. 

Sign-up for the U-M Research Computing Package (UMRCP). 

Visit the ARC Resource Management Portal to request UMRCP services (UMICH [Level-1] credentials and Duo Two-Factor authentication required). To ensure that we can best meet your needs, it is important that researchers sign up directly for the allocations. It is not possible at this time to sign up on behalf of someone else. Please note that it may take up to one week to fulfill your request. 

The U-M Research Computing Package was developed by ITS to meet needs across a diversity of disciplines and to provide options for long-term data management, sharing and protecting sensitive data, and more competitive cost structures that give faculty and research teams more flexibility to procure resources on short notice. 

ALLOCATIONS PROVIDED BY ITS

The U-M Research Computing Package provides:

80,000 CPU Hours of high-performance computing

  • CPU credits are allocated on the Great Lakes cluster or the Armis2 protected data cluster; they can be used for standard, larger memory, or GPU resources.

10 TB of replicated, high-performance storage

  • Capacity can be split across sensitive and non-sensitive science data. The Turbo Storage can be used on many ARC/ITS, unit, Globus.org, and laboratory systems.

100 TB of archive storage

  • Replicated, durable storage for massive data volumes. The Data Den system also supports reliable data transfer and international data sharing via Globus.org.

Allocations for coursework

  • 1TB of big data can be used by faculty member per course taught 
  • Each course provided a 1 semester plus 2 week allocation of 100 CPU hours per student, to provide  students with real-world experiences
  • Idle capacity available to undergraduate students upon approval

REDUCED RATES

The U-M Research Computing Package provides base allocations that meet the needs of approximately 75% of current high-performance computing users and 90% of current research storage users. These allocations are at no cost to researchers, thanks to an additional investment from ITS.

Any services that are needed beyond the base allocation provided by the UMRCP are available at significantly reduced rates (the average rate reduction is 40%). The rates are applied automatically. View the rates page for more information.

ELIGIBILITY

The U-M Research Computing Package is available to all researchers on all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine), including:

Faculty and Staff 

  • All professors and lectures with an active appointment 
  • Emeritus faculty
  • Guest faculty who are visiting for one to two years
  • Principal investigators (eg. research scientists) on funded research activities
  • PostDocs who have their own research grant 

PhD Students

PhD students may qualify for their own UMRCP resources depending on who is overseeing their research and their advisor relationship. Students should consult with their PhD program administrator to determine their eligibility. ITS will confirm this status when a UMRCP request is submitted.

Undergraduates and Masters Students

Undergraduate and Masters students do not currently qualify for their own UMRCP. They can be added as users or administrators of another person’s UMRCP. Students can also access other ITS programs such as Great Lakes for Course Accounts, and Student Teams.

GETTING STARTED

Sign-up for no-cost allocations began on September 1.

Visit the ARC Resource Management Portal to request UMRCP services (UMICH [Level-1] credentials and Duo Two-Factor authentication required). To ensure that we can best meet your needs, it is important that researchers sign up directly for the allocations. It is not possible at this time to sign up on behalf of someone else. Please note that it may take up to one week to fulfill your request. 

Any services that are needed beyond the base allocation provided by the UMRCP are available at significantly reduced rates (the average rate reduction is 40%). The rates are applied automatically. View the rates page for more information.

GET HELP

Office hours: ARC leadership will host office hours on Sept. 2, 10-10:50 a.m.; Sept. 8, 1-1:50 p.m.; and Sept. 30, 10-10:50 a.m. It is possible to schedule time with ARC leadership for your unit if another day/time is needed. Send an email to arc-support@umich.edu.

Hands-on help: Virtual drop-in office hours called CoderSpaces are available for customers to get help with the UMRCP or any other compute or storage questions on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m.; and Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Anyone at any level is welcome to join. 

Take a course about ARC services: ARC offers a number of training sessions geared for researchers on how to use ARC services. View the Teaching and Technology Collaborative website to see which courses are available

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I already have some of the ARC services listed. Do I still need to apply in September?

Yes. Existing ARC resources are not migrated to UMRCP support until the leader of the resources applies. Existing resources can be migrated to the UMRCP once created and do not require movement of data or changes in workflow.

Can I sign someone else up for the UMRCP?

No. To ensure that we can best meet your needs, it is important that researchers sign up directly for the allocations. It is not possible at this time to sign up on behalf of someone else.

I have multiple students/collaborators in my research team. Can they share resources?

Yes. All UMRCP and ARC resources are designed to be collaborative and multidisciplinary capable. UMRCP recipients can delegate both administrative and user access to anyone with a valid campus uniquename.

I used up / need more resources than UMRCP provides, can I get more?

Yes. All services have options to add capacity. Request help with the service name and your needs to get started. In addition, consumable resources like High Performance Computing hours are replenished each fiscal year.

Do I have to renew my UMRCP?

Yes. UMRCP accounts are renewed every year to validate their continued need. PhD students are verified of their status with their department for the coming academic year. Students who join a lab need to migrate to their group-provided resources.

How do I make changes if I have already submitted the UMRCP request form?

If you have already requested the UMRCP request form and you want to modify it, open a ticket by sending an email to ARC Support, arc-support@umich.edu. Be sure to include the name of your project.