Research Computing

IIHR’s state-of-the-art computing resources support the institute’s world-class education and research. Our high-performance computer clusters facilitate research with multiple processors performing concurrent jobs in parallel to speed up the computation process. In addition, computer resources collect, analyze, and store research data, and in many cases make information publicly accessible online in near real time.

Did You Know?

IIHR researchers use simulation-based design — also known as computational fluid dynamics, or CFD — to create new designs and to test engineering prototypes. By combining CFD with physical experimental modeling, IIHR is at the cutting edge of fluids-related research. At IIHR:

  • Three-dimensional CFD models run parallel to physical models in our large modeling facilities.
  • This approach provides high-quality, validated results.
  • Each form of modeling has its strengths and limitations. Used together, they can offer new insights and solutions.

Research Computing at IIHR

A room full of computer servers

High-Performance Computing

IIHR has been a leader in bringing high-performance computing (HPC) to the University of Iowa, where large node distributed memory systems are currently in use. IIHR’s codes are implemented on Nvidia Kepler/Xeon Phi highly parallel systems and within various cloud computing environments.

Colorful precipitation map for the state of Iowa in IFIS

Data Portals & Reports

Beginning with the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), IIHR has made it a priority to share information and research data online in an easy-to-access and user-friendly interface. Other online information platforms make it easy to learn about water quality, aquifer pumping test data and results, best management practice (BMP) implementation and the development of community flood resilience through the Iowa Watershed Approach, and more.