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Compute Resources

Powerhouse on the Prairie.
Since 1986, NCSA has provided researchers with leading-edge computational tools and innovative resources to support them.

From one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to the most performant GPU-based system, NCSA has always led the field of computational research. And, through programs like XSEDE and our Institutional Partnerships, we make our resources available to a broad slate of researchers worldwide. 

We also serve specific groups, like University of Illinois researchers and those looking for a HIPAA-secure environment to get more from their data. Because NCSA provides the power to advance science, regardless of the challenge.

NCSA Spotlight

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Chris Pond
Lead Database Administrator

Chris leads the Scientific Databases Group at NCSA, specializing in data-intensive research projects across the center, the UIUC campus and national and international research communities.

I am excited to collaborate with researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere, to further their work through our expertise in data systems and database technologies. We hope to continue to make an impact in areas like COVID-19 research, which is so critical as the pandemic continues.

Project Highlights

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Blue Waters

In 2007, the National Science Foundation approved a $208-million grant to fund the creation of the world’s most powerful, leadership-class supercomputer – Blue Waters.


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Delta offers a balanced mixture of CPU and GPU nodes and, upon its launch, will be the most performant GPU computing resource in the National Science Foundation’s portfolio.

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NCSA leads the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which unites skilled staff and powerful compute resources across the nation.


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