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A Lab for the Leading Edge.
Since 1986, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has been home to pioneering partnerships that have not just moved the needle but taken the world in bold new directions.

At NCSA, our advanced cyberinfrastructure and expertise provide a hub for transdisciplinary research that unites academic institutions and global companies in search of the answers to the world’s most challenging problems and help us meet the needs of future generations.

One of five facilities created by the National Science Foundation’s Supercomputer Centers Program, NCSA is supported by the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation and various federal agencies working together for the benefit of all those we serve.

Photograph of Larry Smarr in 1986, the first director of NCSA, next to a Cray supercomputer along with a photographed cover of the original "A Center for Scientific and Engineering Supercomputing" proposal with the University of Illinois seal

Since 1986, we’ve been at the epicenter of supercomputing research, pioneering innovations in technology and using them to solve the pressing questions of the day.

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The NCSA Industry Partner Program offers globally recognized domain expertise, comprehensive infrastructure services, and the ability to collaborate across the University of Illinois system with renowned faculty and motivated students.

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