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Project Profile

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a powerful collection of integrated digital resources and services – things like supercomputers, visualization and storage systems, collections of data, software, networks, and expert support – that scientists, engineers, social scientists and humanities experts around the world use to advance understanding of our world and to make our lives healthier, safer and better. XSEDE integrates these resources and services, makes them easier to use, and helps more people use them. The five-year, $121 million project is supported by the National Science Foundation and led by NCSA.

NCSA Leadership

NCSA’s John Towns is the principal investigator and project director for XSEDE. Finance, communication, accounting and account management services are also provided by NCSA staff.

Operations Center

NCSA is home to the XSEDE Operations Center, which provides a 24/7/365 help desk. Operations Center staff provide a single source of assistance and problem resolution for all XSEDE users.
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Expert Support

NCSA staff use their expertise and skills to help researchers solve challenging science and engineering problems through XSEDE’s Extended Collaborative Support Services effort.
Access Support

Industry Relations

NCSA staff lead the XSEDE effort to spur innovation and increase competitiveness by engaging with industry.
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John Towns portrait

John Towns

PI/Project Director

Timothy Boerner headshot

Timothy Boerner

Deputy Project Director

Leslie Froeschl portrait

Leslie Froeschle


Dina Meek headshot

Dina Meek

External Relations


XSEDE is supported by National Science Foundation through award ACI-1053575.

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