The mission of The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) is to educate, inform, and inspire innovative thinking and experimentation in the area of arts and technology through collaborative academic and research experiences for graduate students and related faculty. In response to the mission, ACCAD provides a computing environment in which faculty researchers, graduate students and research staff are supported with a stable network of hardware and software and additional high-end resources such as a motion capture system, digital HD video editing suite, a surround sound composition lab, and an interactive performance space.

Specialized Research Labs

Computer Labs

  • 37 single processor, quad core Xeon workstations
  • 32GB ram
  • 600GB sas storage(2x300GB 15k drives in raid 0)
  • PNY NVidia Quadro K5000 video cards
  • 11 Dual processor, quad core Xeon workstations
  • 64GB ram
  • 600GB sas storage(2x300GB 15k drives in raid 0)
  • PNY NVidia Quadro K5000 video cards
  • (4 of these workstations are SLI equipped)
  • (4 are stornext filesystem clients (video editing stations))


  • Renderfarm/Grid for distributed computing
  • Gigabit network to every desktop
  • 80 TB of disk available to users
  • E-mail and web hosting on site
  • Linux and Windows based server environment
  • Fiber Optic raid for fast transfer of 2K/4K video data
  • Large black box stage space with sprung wood floor and Marley
  • Full suite of theater lighting, sound, and media technologies including 8X8 Matrix switcher and custom designed spiral track system with hanging screens and scrims.
  • Vicon MX40Tx Motion Capture System 12 cameras


  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk 3DSMax
  • Autodesk Alias Studio
  • Isadora
  • Max/MSP/Jitter
  • Pixar Renderman
  • Pixar Renderman Studio Tools
  • Side Effects Houdini
  • Vicon Workstation
  • Autodesk Motionbuilder
  • Adobe Creative Suite products
  • Autodesk/Discreet products
  • Microsoft software development environment
  • Pixologic ZBrush
  • Unity3d

Artist's Tools Available

  • Wacom Intuos tablets
  • Wacom Cintiq HD24 displays
  • Wacom Cintiq interactive pen displays
  • page scanners
  • portable video projectors
  • digital still camera/DSLR
  • digital video cameras
  • SensAble force feedback device