High Performance Computing

The Xtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is an NSF-funded consortium which supports a network of shared supercomputing resources housed at major U.S. research institutions. Through XSEDE, member institutions gain access to flexible pools of time on large supercomputers. Using these systems, researchers are able to complete computational processes in one hour that would take a single desktop computer decades to complete.

Since joining in 2010, Swarthmore faculty and students from biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and statistics made use of over a half million processor-hours on supercomputing facilities around the United States. Swarthmore is one of only a handful of liberal arts colleges among more than 150 universities participating in the XSEDE Campus Champions program. Our support of faculty and research was acknowledged as a model in the 2011 XSEDE Highlights publication.

For more information about high performance computing, contact Academic Technologist Andrew Ruether.