Center for High Performance Computing

The Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) provides large-scale computer and networking resources (hardware, software, and expertise) to facilitate advances in academic disciplines that require computing and network capabilities beyond those existing in individual colleges, departments, or groups.

In addition to deploying and operating high performance computational resources and providing advanced user support and training, CHPC serves as an expert team to broadly support the increasingly diverse research computing needs on campus. These needs include support for big data, big data movement, data analytics, security, virtual machines, Windows science application servers, protected environments for data mining and analysis of protected health information, and advanced networking.

Centers similar to CHPC are increasingly common at research universities in the U.S. The membership of its professional association, the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computing (CASC, has increased from 12 centers in 1992 to 72 in 2013. These centers are the foundation upon which the U.S. is building the cyberinfrastructure promoted by the National Science Foundation. CHPC provides a wide range of services and advocacy to encourage the development of local and statewide cyberinfrastructure in support of the research goals of the University and the region.

Budget and staff support the following set of activities:

  • Hardware, systems, and software for support for research users
  • Advanced network and cyberinfrastructure development
  • IT test beds for networking, systems development, and emerging technologies
  • Virtualization and cloud technology support
  • Separate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant computing environments for research requiring use of Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • Large scale statistics support
  • Consulting services for scientific computing and information technology

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Director: Tom Cheatham
Center for High Performance Computing
155 S 1452 E, Room 414 - INSCC
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Last Updated: 10/25/18