ORCD is focused on supporting all of MIT's campus-wide high-performance computing resources, and is familiar with other resources on campus as well as commercial services.

Documentation on getting started and using ORCD systems can be found at

Contact ORCD to learn more about which resources will be most useful for your work.

Data Policies

What data can be stored?

All ORCD current systems are only suitable for storing data with low-level security requirements. This means that they are not to be used to store sensitive data, such as personal information, financial information, or intellectual property. Additionally, they are not to be used to store data that is subject to use agreements that require security controls or audit tracking.

The following data categories are appropriate for storing and analyzing on current ORCD systems:

  • Open public data
  • Low-sensitivity private research data

Low-sensitivity research data are items such as drafts of papers and analyses derived from public data.

The following data types are suitable for ORCD systems:

Anything else in the medium-risk or higher risk levels of the MIT IS&T information security pages should not be stored or analyzed on current ORCD systems.

If you have any questions about whether your data is appropriate for storing on ORCD systems please feel free to reach out to us at 

Where can more sensitive data be processed and stored?

The ORCD team is currently developing a system for more sensitive data. If you have sensitive data and would like to learn about our plans please feel free to get in touch at