Chicago Computes

The 21st Century is often referred to as the "age of the knowledge economy." If (physical) infrastructure is required for an industrial economy, then Cyberinfrastructure (CI) is required for the knowledge economy. With this in mind, ACER is happy to support the Chicago Computes (CC) program, which seeks to lower the digital divide across underrepresented scientific disciplines by democratizing access to expertise, data, and computation resources.

Through this program, all UIC faculty and their lab members will be granted fully-subsidized access to advanced computing, visualization, and data resources, along with broad access to research computing facilitators and data scientists, to help them accomplish their research and scholarship goals.


Computational Resources:

  • Up to 5000 core-hours or 50 GPU hours on our state-of-the-art Lakeshore cluster. These resources are valid for one year from the date of activation and can be renewed upon request. 

Research Data Storage:

  • 2 TB of storage on Research Data Lake. The term limit for this storage system is 5 years.
  • 500 GB on Research Data Glacier for meeting the data sharing requirements of NIH or other federally-funded research grants. Term limit is 7 years.
  • 1 TB of high-performance storage on Research Data Rapids for HPC users. Term limit is 1 year (renewable).
  • Unlimited access to Globus – a Research Data Management tool.

Once the storage terms limits have been reached, researchers have to option to  purchase storage on these systems. Please visit the respective systems web pages purchasing details.

Consultation Services:

  • Computational and data scientists
  • Bioinformatics
  • AI programmers & engineers
  • Cloud Architects
  • Systems & Data Engineers

Where Can I Get It?

The Chicago Computes program is open to all UIC faculty (including assistant, associate, adjunct, clinical, and full professors), who can then share their allocation allowance with their postdocs, grad students, staff researchers, and other campus research affiliates.

Select the Chicago Computes Request button on this page (top right) to submit your request.

How Do I Use It?

Instructions for use of Chicago Computes resources will be sent after a request form had been submitted and resources access is granted.

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, or have a general question, please email

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