NCSA's mission is to enable discovery—to provide the resources, tools, and expert support that fuel ground-breaking research in science and engineering. Everything we do, everything we are, drives us toward that goal.
The Blue Waters project, supported by the National Science Foundation, makes one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers in the world available for compute-intensive and data-intensive research. Scientists and engineers from across the country can tap the power of Blue Waters to advance our knowledge of severe storms, earthquakes, interactions of molecules, the formation of galaxies, and much more.
NCSA also leads NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which unites skilled staff and powerful resources across the country. XSEDE assists digital research at all levels, creating on-ramps for more campuses, more investigators and scholars, and more students.
While Blue Waters and XSEDE are available to researchers across the United States, there are also resources provided specifically for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NCSA's expert staff support the Illinois Campus Cluster Program.
NCSA staff also develop software to assist research communities with their computing, data analysis, and visualization needs. And the visualization team at NCSA helps present information effectively.