The National Institute for Computational Sciences

Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment


XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, provides resources and services to computational science and engineering researchers around the world as part of the NSF's national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. NICS is a key partner in XSEDE, directing XSEDE's operational tasks and with significant participation in user services, collaborative support, education, outreach, and training, as well as technology insertion. NICS is the service provider for Kraken and Nautilus systems and a partner with the Keeneland project at Georgia Tech.

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. XSEDE lowers technological barriers to the access and use of computing resources, and XSEDE replaces and expands on the NSF TeraGrid project. XSEDE supports 16 supercomputers, high-end visualization and data analysis resources across the country. It also includes other specialized digital resources and services to complement these computers.

XSEDE is composed of multiple partner institutions known as Service Providers or SPs, each of which contributes one or more allocatable services. Resources include High Performance Computing (HPC) machines, High Througput Computing (HTC) machines, visualization, data storage, and gateway systems.

The mission of XSEDE Education and Outreach Services is driven by the critical need to advance computational science and engineering by recruiting, preparing, and sustaining a large and diverse scientific academic and industrial workforce. This workforce will be prepared to advance scientific discovery through the application of computational science and engineering using the XSEDE cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

XSEDE offers Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) which pairs members of the XSEDE user community with expert staff members for an extended period to work together to solve challenging science and engineering problems through the application of cyberinfrastructure. Expertise is available in a wide range of areas, from performance analysis and petascale optimization to the development of community gateways and work and data flow systems.

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