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)

Current UMRCP allocation holders: Check your UMRCP credits in the ARC Resource Management Portal (RMP). Use your remaining credits by June 30 because they will not rollover. Automatic renewals for most begin July 1. Watch your inbox for additional information.

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Visit the ARC Resource Management Portal to request UMRCP services (you will need to log in with your UMICH [Level-1] credentials and Duo Two-Factor authentication). 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, and renewed every July. Please note – If you have an existing high-performance computing account it cannot be included under the UMRCP. Any request for computing hours through the UMRCP requires the creation of a new account. 

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.

HPC Allocations for coursework

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 lecturers with an active appointment 
  • Emeritus faculty
  • Guest faculty who are visiting for one to two years
  • Principal investigators (e.g., 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 anytime for no-cost allocations.

Be sure to use all of your allocations – they expire on June 30 each year.

Visit the ARC Resource Management Portal to request UMRCP services (you will need to log in with your UMICH [Level-1] credentials and Duo Two-Factor authentication). 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.

Automatic renewals begin July 1

Faculty members and PhD students with their own funding who already have the UMRCP will automatically have their no-cost allocations automatically renew on July 1. No action is needed; however, if you need help or have questions, contact the ARC Help Desk, arc-support@umich.edu.

GET HELP

Meet with ARC: ARC leadership can meet with your unit to discuss unit-specific questions. Send an email to arc-support@umich.edu to get started.

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

Watch a how-to demo videos: These videos are available on the ARC Channel of the MiVideo website. Topics include an introduction to machine learning, data sharing and archiving, and more. UMICH (Level-1) login required.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

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 purchase additional capacity. Ways to get help are shown on the ARC Help Page; be sure to include the service name and your needs when requesting additional resources. In addition, consumable resources like High Performance Computing hours are replenished each fiscal year.

I’m a faculty member who already has the UMRCP. How do I renew?

No action is required. Your no-cost allocations automatically renew on July 1.

I’m a PhD student with my own funded research. How do I renew my UMRCP?

No action is required. Your no-cost allocations automatically renew on July 1.

I’m a PhD, Master’s, or undergraduate student, and my advisor has left the university. My research is continuing to finish my dissertation. What should I do?

If your faculty advisor has left the university (or are about to), but you remain: an alternative administrator (Staff or Faculty who can verify the ongoing need of the allocation for wrapping up activities related to the former research group) must be assigned to the account so that the allocations can continue uninterrupted. See How do I delegate administrative management of my UMRCP or other ARC resources?

I’m an active faculty member but received a UMRCP off boarding message warning that my resources won’t be renewed. What do I need to do to keep them?

Likely your MCommunity entry is private or another status (e.g., Retired/Emeritus) which makes verifying your active research status ambiguous and needs to be confirmed. You can reply to the automated message or contact arc-support@umich.edu to confirm your active status and renew your resources for the upcoming year.

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

If you have already submitted 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.

How do I delegate administrative management of my UMRCP or other ARC resources?

Visit the ARC Resource Management Portal. On your project overview page look for Project Admins. Select the Add button and add a trusted university member by inputting their uniqname. This is helpful when the project owner is leaving the university but requires the resources to allow students to finish their dissertation work, as the new delegated admin can confirm the ongoing need each June for UMRCP renewal. Admins can make any change to your project so be sure to only add members you trust.