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The Research Computing group provides extensive support for the research needs of faculty and PhD students. A high-performance computing environment allows for computationally intensive calculations and analysis. Services include: financial data retrieval, programming development, statistical consultation, research computer account administration, research software support, and individual training as well as workshops and online help resources.

  Hardware Environment

The new research computing environment consists of several high-performance servers in a grid configuration running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These systems are designed to run computationally intensive numerical calculations as well as large scale statistical applications. All nodes are connected to the Business School main network and, in turn, to desktop computers located in offices here, at home, and around the world. Available software includes mathematical and statistical software; compilers and development tools; and internet tools.

How to Get an Account
Accounts on the RC systems are separate from the main Business School network accounts. Please contact Paul Michaud to request an account.

  Data Sets

Research Computing maintains over 50 research datasets that were identified and funded by the various departments and faculty of the Business School and made available to the entire community with no additional fees.

View WRDS information

View locally maintained data set resources

In addition to numerical databases and services, the Kresge Library offers a collection of databases containing Electronic Journals. Kresge offers extensive research assistance for faculty including services such as literature and citation searches and data retrieval.

View Kresge Library A to Z database listing

  Research Assistance Services

Our specialists can assist you with your teaching or research project in such areas as statistical consulting, data retrieval, computing programming, the use of our research computing hardware environment, and on the use of some of the more common statistical packages (such as SAS and SPSS).

Statistical Consultations

  • Selection of methodology methods and statistical software packages
  • Interpretation of statistical data and computational results
  • Methodological and quantitative analysis, including statistical modeling

Data Retrieval

  • Retrieve data from subscription data sets using WRDS or locally developed computer programs, scripts, etc. and coordinated with the Kresge Library as part of the Faculty Research Service.
  • Perform data manipulation to merge and edit data from subscription, custom or self-collected data sources

The Kresge Library's Faculty Research Service offers extensive research assistance for faculty including services such as literature and citation searches, data retrieval and information compilation on companies industries and topics. For more information, link to the Faculty Research Service.

Computer Programming

  • Develop specialized computer programs for data extraction and analysis, data manipulation and statistical analysis.
  • Assist with SAS macro programming for data extraction from WRDS.

Training & Support

  • Provide instruction and access support for research databases and statistical software programs.
  • Help transferring of data between applications, platforms and external systems.
  • Provide individual training and trouble-shooting.
  • Provide regular workshops

PhD Lab
Doctoral students access a suite of research database resources in this unique computing area.

Behavioral Lab
The Behavioral Lab is used by faculty and students to conduct studies on human behavior. It has three rooms: one large office and two small break-out rooms. All are equipped with a mobile video camera with zoom capability and can record and store data in VHS or DVD formats. The large room has a projector and screen. Additional equipment includes 15 laptop computers which may be used in the lab. From filling out surveys to working in interdependent groups, a wide variety of studies may be conducted in the lab.

E-Lab at the Tozzi Center
Dedicated to the research, practice, and teaching of electronic commerce and electronic business, providing a broad perspective on the way information technology is transforming business by looking at both technical and social issues of relevance.

Tozzi Financial Center
Students experience the look and feel of a trading floor environment in this 5,800-square-foot building which includes a financial analysis and trading floor classroom. It is equipped with the latest in live financial data feeds, information services, research tools and trading tools.

eClassroom at the Tozzi Center
Students and faculty experience action-based learning in this classroom that uses wireless technology and dynamic classroom configurations to support action-based learning.

  Grid Computing

Grid Resources
This quick reference guide provides key commands for fully utilizing the grid computing environment.

Grid Command Quick-Reference (pdf)

Forgot the new hostname? The following PDF contains the authentication information required to log on to the grid.


This series of sites displays utilization of many of the grid's resources, including network, CPU, and memory utilization.

Grid Utilization

  Software Packages

Research Computing provides a range of commercially licensed software for use by faculty and PhD students on the research computing server and PhD lab environments. Software beyond what is provided is funded in conjunction with departments or faculty, and then usually made available to the entire community with no further fees. Faculty who which to use the software on their office or home computers are entirely responsible for the cost of the software license. In all cases, the software is licensed for academic purposes only.

List of available software packages, including mathematical/statistical packages, compilers, and editors/tools.

In addition, the central University provides a Statistical and Computational Service (SCS) that supports mathematical, statistical and geographic information systems (GIS) programs, as well as compilers and editors/tools. This service is available to anyone who has a University uniqname.

Information about the University's Statistical and Computational Service.

  Research Software/Data Acquisition

Research Computing provides a variety of statistical and data analysis programs plus many subscription and custom data sets of financial and corporate data (see Data Sets). In cases where the collection or programs and data sets does not satisfy a research need, faculty and PhD students can submit requests for additions to the RC environment.

All requests will be handled as follows:

1. Receive request
2. Conduct an Interest Survey among Faculty & PhD students.
3. Analyze survey results and take appropriate actions

Actions taken conform to the following guidelines:
  • Little or no response to survey
    The Requestor will need to come up with funding.
  • Moderate to Strong response to survey, concentrated in few departments
    The interested departments, along with the Requestor, will need to come up with funding. Research Computing can help with the negotiation of cost-sharing if desired.
  • Moderate to Strong response to survey spread over all departments
    Computing Services and/or the Kresge Library will contribute some or all of the funding and help build a cost-sharing plan for the remainder.

The threshold of response required to attain the categories Little, Moderate and Strong varies directly with the cost of the software/dataset. That is, the higher the cost the higher the category cut-offs.

In all cases, if the data/software is funded, Computing Services and/or the Kresge Library will make the purchase, and install, maintain, and support the software or data set.

  Other Research Services

Research Business Office Services

Contact Maureen Burns, Director of Research & Faculty Support for more information. (734-615-5067)

Kresge Library Faculty Research Services

  • Literature and citation searches
  • Data retrieval
  • Information compilation on companies industries and topics.

For more information, link to the Faculty Research Service web page.

  Contact Us

For more information, contact Paul Michaud (734.763.5677)