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The following organizations are collaborating to conduct the institute.

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) provides supercomputing capabilities to the scientific and engineering community to advance fundamental discovery and understanding in a broad range of disciplines. Located at Argonne National Laboratory and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, the ALCF is one of two DOE Leadership Computing Facilities in the nation dedicated to open science. Available to researchers from universities, industry, and government agencies, the ALCF is a DOE user facility that helps accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation by providing supercomputing resources that are 10 to 100 times more powerful than systems typically used for scientific research. Through substantial awards of supercomputing time and user support services, the ALCF enables large-scale modeling and simulation research aimed at solving some of the world’s largest and most complex problems in science and engineering. The ALCF is home to one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q system capable of 10 quadrillion calculations per second. With this computing power, Mira can do in one day what it would take an average personal computer 20 years to achieve.

Blue Waters

Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenging problems, from predicting the behavior of complex biological systems to simulating the evolution of the cosmos. For more information, including details about applying to use Blue Waters, how it is being used, and scientific results achieved by using the supercomputer, visit the Blue Waters website. This work is part of the Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (awards OCI-0725070 and ACI-1238993) and the state of Illinois. Blue Waters is a joint effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

NERSC and Berkeley Lab

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high-performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that was established in partnership with the LCF at Argonne National Laboratory (ALCF) to provide the world’s most advanced computational resources to the open science community. The facility welcomes investigators from universities, government agencies, and industry who are prepared to perform breakthrough research in materials, energy storage, chemistry, nuclear physics, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and the gamut of scientific inquiry. Because it is a unique resource, the OLCF focuses on the most ambitious research projects—projects that provide important new knowledge or enable important new technologies. Located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the OLCF is home to the nation’s fastest, most powerful open-science supercomputer, Titan, a Cray XK7 system that debuted in November 2012. Titan has a theoretical peak performance of 27 petaflops, which makes it possible for scientists to solve problems faster than ever before to develop increasingly complex models from human cells to earth systems to exploding stars, and to create lifelike simulations that accelerate breakthroughs in diverse fields such as advanced materials and clean energy.


TACC designs and deploys the world's most powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions to enable researchers to answer complex questions like these and many more. Every day, researchers rely on our computing experts and resources to help them gain insights and make discoveries that change the world. TACC's environment includes a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure ecosystem of leading-edge resources in high performance computing (HPC), visualization, data analysis, storage, archive, cloud, data-driven computing, connectivity, tools, APIs, algorithms, consulting, and software. In addition, our skilled experts work with thousands of researchers on more than 3,000 projects each year.