Supercomputing and Computation
Facilities and Capabilities
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosts three petascale computing facilities: the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), managed for DOE; the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) computing facility operated for the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the National Climate-Computing Research Center (NCRC), formed as collaboration between ORNL and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to explore a variety of research topics in climate sciences. Each of these facilities has a professional, experienced operational and engineering staff comprising groups in high-performance computing (HPC) operations, technology integration, user services, scientific computing, and application performance tools. The ORNL computer facility staff provides continuous operation of the centers and immediate problem resolution. On evenings and weekends, operators provide first-line problem resolution for users with additional user support and system administrators on-call for more difficult problems.
The Oak Ridge Science and Technology Park at ORNL is the nation’s first technology park on the campus of a national laboratory. The technology park is available for private sector companies that are collaborating with research scientists. Laboratory officials anticipate that the new park will be used to help create new companies from technologies developed at ORNL.