Research in PDSG is primarily funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under agreement numbers F30602-99-1-0517, N66001-00-1-8920, and N66001-00-1-8929; by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under CAREER award CCR-9876128 and grant CCR-9988176; and additional support from Microsoft, Intel, and IBM.

In addition to individual workstations, group resources include a homogeneous 16-node PC cluster, and a heterogeneous cluster consisting of several node types (Pentium II, Pentium III, and various handheld PCs) and network connectivity options (Fast Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b wireless).  Most of the group's projects use one or more versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.