The Center for Computation and Visualization remains committed to supporting the computing needs of the Brown Research Community during this difficult time. COVID-19 Updates


CCV provides computing infrastructure, consulting, and support to the Brown Community. We have HPC specialists, data scientists, and research software engineers available to work with researchers. We frequently partner with researchers on projects that may span weeks, months, or years. These partnerships can in some cases involve a researcher using grant funds to support one of our data scientists or research software engineers.


Student Accounts

Accounts on Brown's HPC systems, custom-tailored for class use


In-Class Tutorials

CCV staff members introduce students to Brown's HPC systems




CCV-hosted Hub providing notebook servers to courses at Brown

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Secure Computing (Stronghold)

Risk Classification: Level 3

Analyze sensitive data while complying with regulatory or contractual requirements for data security

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Virtual Machine Hosting

Risk Classification: Level 1 / Level 2 (based on configuration)

Server access without the need to purchase or maintain hardware


High-Performance Computing (Oscar)

Risk Classification: Level 2

Research computing cluster featuring more than 400 multi-core nodes, GPU nodes, and a high-performance parallel filesystem

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Risk Classification: N/A (Not owned by Brown University)

XSEDE is an NSF-funded, nationwide collection of supercomputing systems that are available to researchers through merit-based allocations.


HPC Condo

Risk Classification: Level 2

Dedicated high-performance computing resources for researchers in the form of 'condos' on the University's main supercomputer, Oscar.



Advanced Research Computing

Support for researchers seeking help with statistical modeling, machine learning, data mining, data visualization, computational biology, high-performance computing, and software engineering


File storage and transfer

Several services at Brown allow you to share and store files. Click below to see detailed information and learn more about the storage options that Brown provides.

Storage Guide

Getting help

CCV Helpdesk

Open a ticket with our user services team. We will respond as soon as possible.

Open a Ticket


A shared community resource, providing a discussion forum to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation. Brown has its own category for Brown specific questions, to be answered by participants. For more general questions or discussion topics about research computing, there are other categories that are not institution specific, where feedback may be provided by users from any of the participating institutions.

Brown Space General

Office Hours

CCV holds office hours on Fridays 10am-12pm. The Computational Biology Core holds office hours on Wednesdays 1:30pm-3:30pm. During this time, both groups are holding office hours via Zoom. Click below to check CCV's Calendar for the Zoom link.

Find Zoom Link

Slack ccv-share

CCV Share is a collection of Slack channels where CCV staff and the community will be available to discuss your questions.

Join ccv-share

Visualization systems

Visualization Lab

Get access to a wide range of VR and visualization technologies



Our fully-immersive display system