When researchers need to compare complex new genomes; or map new regions of the Arctic in high-resolution detail; or detect signs of dark matter; or make sense of massive amounts of fMRI data, they turn to the high-performance computing and data analysis systems supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
High-performance computing (HPC) enables discoveries in practically every field of science – not just those typically associated with supercomputers like chemistry and physics – but also in the social sciences, life sciences and humanities.
By combining superfast and secure networks, cutting-edge parallel computing and analytics software, and advanced scientific instruments and critical datasets across the U.S., NSF’s cyber-ecosystem lets researchers investigate questions that can’t otherwise be explored.
NSF has supported advanced computing since its beginning and is constantly expanding access to these resources to help tens of thousands of researchers each year – from high school students to Nobel Prize winners — at institutions large and small, regardless of geographic locality, expand the frontiers of science and engineering.
Click here for 10 examples of research — enabled by advanced computing resources — from across all of science.
Excerpted with permission from Aaron Dubrow, the National Science Foundation