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High-performance computing has become essential to research in many disciplines across the Illinois campus, including astronomy, physics, chemistry, engineering, and more. The Illinois Campus Cluster Program helps meet this campus-wide need for research computing cycles, and NCSA provides critical administration and support services.

Through the Illinois Campus Cluster Program, individuals, groups, and campus units can invest in compute and storage resources and have guaranteed access to the number and type of nodes in which they invest. When any owner is not using his or her share, any other user may take advantage of the surplus. In this way, researchers get more computing capacity for their money than they would by building many separate systems across campus. Pooling computer resources also helps researchers control expenses and reduce overhead, shorten startup time, avoid space renovation, and free up space formerly used for separate cluster resources. 

All administration and support tasks are handled by the expert staff at NCSA, which has more than 30 years of experience deploying and supporting high-performance computing, networking and data resources. This frees the users to focus solely on their research, without spending time and effort on system administration and troubleshooting. NCSA also provides a 24/7/365 help desk to field campus users’ questions. 


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