Robert Patterson, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
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to revolutionize the way computational science is carried out, NSF has
created the Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI)
Leading the PACI program are
two supporting partnerships that
help pioneer the technology that will underpin the future of e-commerce:
the National Computational Science Alliance (NCSA) and the National Partnership
for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).
Leading edge facilities
Each partnership consists of a leading-edge site, the National Center
for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, and the
San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California-San
Diego and a significant number of other partners.
In addition, there are more than 60 geographically distributed partner
institutions from 27 states and the District of Columbia associated with
either NCSA or NPACI or both. The two leading-edge sitestogether with
the partners who support smaller versions of these computers and which
provide access to experimental systemsconstitute a distributed,
via high-speed networks.
The partners contribute to the infrastructure by developing,
applying and testing the necessary software, tools and algorithmsthat
contribute to the further growth of this national grid of interconnected,
high-performance computing systems.