Off-Campus Resources


The University of Iowa has partnered with several national computing and scientific organizations in order to provide additional computing resources to UI researchers and staff.  Most notable are our connections with the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (Xsede), the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC), and the Blue Waters Project.


Xsede is a robust collection of integrated digital resources and services funded by NSF.  This is a single virtual system that scientists and researchers can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. XSEDE integrates the 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 replaces and expands on the NSF TeraGrid project.

A part of the Xsede project is the Xsede Campus Champions.  Through the Campus Champions program, the UI campus will have direct access to XSEDE and input to its staff, resource allocations for the use of campus researchers, and assistance in using those resources.


The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation is a collaboration among colleges, universities, national research laboratories, and other educational institutions. The consortium facilitates the widespread and effective use of petascale computing, through the development of new computing software, applications, and technologies.  The University of Iowa is a founding member of this group which qualifies our researchers for participation in allocations on the Blue Waters system.

Blue Waters

The Blue Waters project, which is supported by the National Science foundation and the University of Illinois, will deliver a supercomputer capable of sustained performance of 1 petaflop on a range of real-world science and engineering applications. It is expected to be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Blue Waters will be composed of more than 235 Cray XE6 cabinets based on the recently announced AMD Opteron™ 6200 Series processor (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and more than 30 cabinets of a future version of the recently announced Cray XK6 supercomputer with NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPU computing capability.

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