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Research Computing for UNC-Chapel Hill is developed, supported and maintained by the ITS Research Computing group. ITS Research Computing aims to provide a world-class computing infrastructure as well as other technology tools and capabilities to support the research needs of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff. Our goal is to provide a state-of-the-art environment that will support the highest level of multidisciplinary research and help UNC-Chapel Hill become the premier research university in the United States.

Research Computing Service Areas

Computing Resources

ITS Research Computing offers a number of computing resources for researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill. Among these are an 8000 core Linux cluster (KillDevil); and a 1840 core Linux cluster (Kure). An Onyen is required to get an account on any of the Research Computing servers (note that we are no longer granting new accounts for the Emerald cluster). If you already have an Onyen, you can request access to these servers by visiting the Onyen Services page and selecting Subscribe to Services. Accounts on these servers are primarily available to faculty, staff and graduate students.

Storage and Data Management

ITS Research Computing provides an Oracle database server and professional database administration services for research projects at UNC-Chapel Hill. Development, test and production instances of databases can be supported. The ITS Research Computing database administrator applies updates and patches to the Oracle environment on at least a quarterly basis, ensuring that your database environment is up-to-date and secure.

Email us at research@unc.edu to get started.


ITS Research Computing offers various short courses during the Summer, Fall, and Spring terms. To see a list of courses offered in the current term go here. We are also open to suggestions for new course offerings.

Our Team

Michael Barker
Assistant Vice Chancellor

Mark Reed
Research Associate

Jim Glasson
System Programmer/Specialist