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UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing


Welcome to the Center for Advanced Research Computing.

The Center's mission is to enable excellence in research at UNM in science, engineering, biomedicine, humanities, and the arts through support for parallel supercomputing, large-scale informatics, and advanced visualization.  We aim to do this by providing leadership to enhance interdisciplinary research and education at the University.



Beyond its importance in economic development, computation is rapidly becoming a critical tool for conducting research, scholarship and creative activity in all academic disciplines. Our goal is to provide the capabilities needed to continue the growth of advanced computing-based research at UNM, including support for traditional supercomputing, parallel cluster-based computing, large-scale research databases, and novel architectures. The Center is dedicated to fostering new, interdisciplinary collaborations based on computation and encouraging novel applications of computation in research, while continuing to grow traditional applications of computing in the science and engineering disciplines.


Prof. Susan R. Atlas is the Director of the Center.  More information about Center staff is available on the staff page.


The Center was established at UNM in 1994 as a sister center to the Maui High Performance Computing Center by Profs. Frank Gilfeather (Mathematics and Statistics), John Sobolewski (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Brian Smith (Computer Science).  In its short history, the Center has enjoyed a number of significant firsts, including the first distributed-memory parallel Linux cluster available through NSF allocation, Los Lobos (at the time the largest open Linux cluster in the world), and the first use of Access Grid collaborative technology.  For more history, see the history page.


The Center serves as the academic unit in charge of the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Certificate program, a graduate degree certificate.  Prof. Andrea Mammoli from the Mechanical Engineering Department is the Program Coordinator.  For more information about the CSE program, see the CSE page.


The UNM research community is making extensive use of computing in their research activities.  The ARTS (Art, Research, Technology, and Science) Lab represents an exciting confluence of art and technology with an emphasis on computation.  ARTS Lab was created in response to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Media Industries Strategic Plan (MISP).  For more information on Center research activities involving computation, see our research page.





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