CEES is about productive Earth science and computer science research and education, not the fastest computers. To this end, the HPC facility provides staff (professional and students) to support computer operations and research users.
High productivity hardware is the core of the facility. These systems deliver sufficient computational power and storage capacity to enable users to make quantum leaps in their computational research. Ideally, they should be easy to use as well. Several research groups in the school already have the necessary experience to benefit from large-scale parallel computing. In order to expand the local community of serious computational researchers, the center must facilitate the transition to a large-scale computing culture for those not yet skilled in developing numerical algorithms (often parallel). Our center will help clarify best approaches and best practices for various classes of problems. Our IT-computer partners play an important role in implementing a user friendly environment through which hardware and software are efficiently utilized and optimized for Earth science problems.