High Performance Computing

For over a quarter century, SDSC has led the way in deploying and supporting cutting-edge high performance computing systems for a wide range of users, from the campus to the national research community. From the earliest Cray systems to today’s data-intensive systems, SDSC has focused on providing innovative architectures designed to keep pace with the changing needs of science and engineering.

Over the last 25 years, SDSC supported an array of important studies, including:

  • Designing drugs to combat diseases, from the common cold to HIV/AIDS and cancer.
  • Determining how to convert the cellulose in plants to ethanol, a high-performance, clean-burning renewable fuel.
  • Helping weather forecasters more accurately predict the path of hurricanes and tornadoes.
  • Identifying specific structural changes and activities in the brain that could speed diagnosis and new treatments for brain disorders, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Understanding oceans and their influence on climate.
  • Predicting the destructive power of a large-magnitude earthquake along the San Andreas fault in southern California to help scientists and engineers anticipate and mitigate its damage.
  • Reviewing actions of individuals or entities furnishing medical products or services and claiming reimbursement through the Medicaid program.

Today, SDSC's HPC team supports numerous computing platforms that support open research initiatives. More information on these machines and how to access them through SDSC and/or the XSEDE allocations process can be found here.

Through Sherlock, we leverage SDSC's decades of HPC experience and know-how to deploy custom, locked-down HPC configurations on separate hardware to meet the compliance and security requirements that come with more sensitive data.

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