Research technology

Explore the state-of-the-art tools and tech that drive our discoveries.

Core facilities and services

A Blue Gene Q supercomputer, capable of more than 200 trillion calculations a second. The Omega 60-beam laser, which delivers up to 40,000,000,000,000 watts of power onto a target less than 1 millimeter in diameter for approximately one-billionth of a second. Tools like these are crucial assets for faculty and student research.

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Data science

Research data centers, such as the Center for Integrated Research Computing, support big data initiatives that require supercomputing technology and expertise.

Center for Integrated Research Computing
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Nanoscience and nanotechnology

Tools and training are available through URnano, a state-of-the-art nanofabrication center serving the University community and industry.

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Augmented and virtual reality

AR/VR research at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience leverages the University’s historic and current expertise in optics, vision research, electrical engineering, and computer science as well as clinical care and education.

Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience
Students using machinery in the Fabrication Lab


Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation is open 24 hours a day for students to use its state-of-the-art recording studios, fabrication lab, and high-end hardware and software for graphics, animation, 3D printing, and other computer-processing tasks.

Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation
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Data visualization

The VISTA Collaboratory is an interactive, immersive, tiled-display wall that renders massive, complex data sets crisply, clearly, and in real time—and even remotely.

VISTA Collaboratory
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Collaborative work

Shared Resource Labs provide an array of trained personnel and leading-edge services and instrumentation to all researchers at the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Shared Resource Labs
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The Digital Scholarship Lab specializes in the creation of digital tools and methods, provides support for web-based scholarly initiatives, and partners with faculty on digital research projects.

Digital Scholarship Lab

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