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The National Center for Supercomputing Applications is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, students and collaborators from around the globe unite to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA also provides integrated cyberinfrastructure – computing, data, networking, and visualization resources and expertise essential to the work of scientists, engineers, and scholars at the University of Illinois and across the country.

As one of the original sites on the NSFNet, which provided the backbone for the present-day internet, NCSA has always been a production, open supercomputing facility. Making cyberinfrastructure easily accessible to our users, who run the gamut from K-12 educators to academic researchers and students, to government and industrial partners, is a top priority: our endpoints – more than 5,000 of them – aren’t hidden behind firewalls like those of corporate sites, but are accessible worldwide.

Accessibility to cyberinfrastructure is absolutely necessary to the productivity of the nation’s scientific and engineering community, but such accessibility means effectively addressing and preventing system vulnerabilities. As a result, NCSA has developed broad and deep expertise in detecting and responding to attacks and intrusions of all sorts. With decades of experience designing and deploying systems that meet stringent cybersecurity requirements for serving a diverse, national scientific community, NCSA is a recognized leader in both local-site and distributed-systems security. NCSA’s Cybersecurity research and operations are funded primarily through federal grants from the National Science Foundation.

Learn More about the Cybersecurity Division

NCSA provides the Nightingale compute cluster to accommodate projects requiring extra security, such as compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) policies. It is available for a fee to University of Illinois faculty, staff, students and their collaborators through desktop access and encrypted laptop access. 


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