Research Computing Package

Request computing and data storage at no cost to faculty, staff, and student researchers.

U-M RCP now available through ARC

The U-M Research Computing Package (UMRCP) provides researchers with high performance computing and data storage on the U-M cluster at no cost. 

U-M RCP became available to researchers across all U-M campuses and Michigan Medicine on September 1, 2021. The U-M Research Computing Package, combined with Michigan Medicine's increased cost-share for computational jobs on the shared campus cluster, makes utilizing HPC resources more cost-effective than ever. The U-M RCP includes:

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.

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,, 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

Allocations for coursework

  • 1TB of big data can be used by faculty member per course taught 
  • Each course provided a 1 semester plus 2-week allocation of 100 CPU hours per student, to provide students with real-world experiences
  • Idle capacity available to undergraduate students upon approval

Additional Michigan Medicine Savings

In addition to the computing and storage savings offered through U-M RCP, Michigan Medicine is extending further savings to our researchers by reallocating the previous Michigan Medicine RCP budget: 

  • Covering 80 percent of computing costs beyond RCP: For those requiring compute time beyond the credit hours offered in RCP, Michigan Medicine will further reduce researchers’ costs by covering 80 percent of total high-performance computing costs on the shared campus cluster. This is an increase from a 44 percent cost-share budgeted for in fiscal year 2022. No action is needed to take advantage of these savings. Savings will be reflected on your next monthly billing statement.

  • New web application hosting subsidy: For researchers looking to host web applications, Michigan Medicine is offering a subsidy to help cover a majority of the costs to run a web application in our Cloud Kubernetes Hosting Service. In most cases, no additional fees would be incurred for this service, depending upon the size of your web application. To take advantage of these savings, submit a container hosting ticket via the Michigan Medicine Help Center, or contact your Academic IT Liaison.

Michigan Medicine RCP retired

The U-M RCP is modeled after the Michigan Medicine RCP that had been in place for several years. With this campus-level investment, the storage and compute base offerings in the Michigan Medicine RCP were replaced by the U-M RCP in September. HITS stopped provisioning new Michigan Medicine RCP accounts in August 2021.

If you had an existing Michigan Medicine RCP account it was transferred to U-M RCP, in most cases with no user action required. HITS contacted a small number of Michigan Medicine RCP account holders with special circumstances to determine how to handle their accounts. For support with your RCP account, email