Computing Services

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences provides high-performance computing solutions through the Roar supercomputer. The Roar supercomputer is Penn State’s high-performance research cloud. Here, you’ll find all the tools that you need to get an account and perform your research with Roar compute and storage resources.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Completely new to Roar? Find information that will help you start using the system.

Account Setup

To access Roar, you’ll need an ICDS account. Start your account request process here.

Service Details

Learn more about the access models for using Roar, including rates, computing and storage options, and requirements.

Roar User Guide

Consult our user guide to learn how to perform tasks on Roar system on how to log in to Roar, transfer files, submit jobs, and much more.



ICDS maintains a diverse software stack of commonly-used research applications. View our current stack and learn about how to request additions.

System Specifications

Find technical details on our processing cores, storage systems, interconnects, and performance.

Support (i-ASK Center)

Our i-ASK experts help you solve issues with using Roar.


Roar User Policies

Review the fair and open Roar policies regarding users, user data, support and service levels.

ICS Domain Experts

RISE Consultants

Get customized help for your HPC research from an expert in your scientific field.


Roar Training Resources

Need training to to use our Roar supercomputer systems more effectively? Interested in learning more about HPC? ICDS has resources to help you gain the skills you need.