High-performance computing resources

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.