National Petascale Computing Facility

The University of Illinois' state-of-the-art 88,000-square-foot National Petascale Computing Facility (NPCF), 1725 S. Oak St., Champaign, houses computing, networking, and data systems that benefit researchers at Illinois and across the country.

  • Offers top-flight physical and cybersecurity, including monitoring of all exit bandwidth, deep packet inspection, and tracking of network flows. All equipment in the facility must comply with cybersecurity and operational standards.
  • Takes advantage of the campus' highly reliable electrical supply, chilled water distribution system and thermal storage.
  • Has a limited UPS system for NCSA's mass storage system and other selected equipment.
  • Provides 1 or 10 gigabit high-performance Ethernet connections as required with up to 300 gigabit external network.
  • Achieved Gold Certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which is the recognized standard for measuring sustainability in construction.
  • Uses three on-site cooling towers to provide water chilled by Mother Nature a large part of the year, reducing the amount of chilled water the building draws from the campus chilled water loop.
  • Reduces power conversion losses by running 480 volt AC power to compute systems.
  • Operates continually at the high end of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards, meaning the data center will not be overcooled. Equipment must be able to operate with a 65°F (18°C) inlet water temperature and a 78°F (25°C) inlet air temperature.

Parking at NPCF

NPCF parking

Parking for the National Petascale Computing Facility is available in University of Illinois parking lot E-14 just across Oak Street. If you have a parking permit for any lot on campus you can park in E-14 in a non-metered spot. If you do not have a parking permit, metered parking is available along the west edge of the lot.