Computational Science

Supercomputing and Computational Science — Computational Science helps researchers create models which visualize and chart some of today’s most pressing challenges to forecast, like changing weather conditions, climate trends, and changes in sea ice. The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) uses Cray Inc. supercomputers to provide scientists indispensable and powerful technological tools, keeping U.S. research competitive. Computational science models allow us to understand complex trends, and predict the future of our changing world.

Computational Science Supercomputers

Supercomputers are powerful tools. Computational Science helps researchers create models which visualize and chart some of today’s most pressing problems.

Scientists use Supercomputers like the average person uses their laptop. Supercomputers are an indispensable tool when to comes to understanding and solving some of today’s most pressing problems. Think weather, climate change, and the space program. Through collaboration and computation, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC), in Fairbanks, Alaska provides scientists with the high-performance computing resources they need for finding solutions to big problems.

Academic Projects by Research Area



As of 2010, there are 286 scientists at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF), working on a total of 71 projects using the high-performance resources at ARSC.



ARSC supported research projects span many academic units.

Academic Units:

  • ARSC – Arctic Region Supercomputing Center
  • CEM + INE – College of Engineering and Mines, Institute of Northern Engineering
  • CNSM – College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • GI – Geophysical Institute
  • IAB – Institute of Arctic Biology
  • IARC – International Arctic Research Center
  • SFOS + IMS – School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Institute of Marine Sciences
  • UAA – University of Alaska Anchorage

Data Storage by Research Area

Increasing access to supercomputers is crucial to keeping U.S. research competitive, according to the National Science Foundation’s report “Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery.”

Some research areas require more computational effort than others.

Institutions with academic supercomputing centers provide a competitive edge when it comes to recruiting top notch faculty and students.

[ video ] ARSC Fish: CRAY Supercomputer Enables Scientific Discovery
[ video ] A CRAY Supercomputer Called Fish
[ video ] Modeling Climate
[ video ] Designing Supercomputers
[ video ] What’s A FLOP?
[ video ] Super Computing Conference 2011

People: Greg Newby, Per Nyberg

What’s so Super about Supercomputing? (Liz O’Connell) Computational Science
Frontier Scientists’ new video describes FLOPs in Supercomputing (Liz O’Connell) Computational Science
Frontier Scientists releases new videos about Permafrost, a blog about the Dog Mushing Weather Dance, and a video description of FLOPs (Liz O’Connell) Permafrost, Weather, Computational Science
Two new videos about computational science: Modeling Climate and Designing Supercomputers (Liz O’Connell) Computational Science, Climate Change
Modeling Arctic Waters from the Bering Sea through the Bering Strait to the Arctic Ocean (Liz O’Connell) Computational Science
Cray Inc. provides “Fish” for Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) (Liz O’Connell) Computational Science
ARSC Fish: CRAY Supercomputer Enables Scientific Discovery (Liz O’Connell) Computational Science

Computational Science project

Related: Climate Change, Permafrost, Modeling Arctic Waters

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