The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

XSEDE and the XSEDE Resource Allocations System (XRAS ) are proud to be contributing to the newly-announced COVID-19 HPC Consortium from The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy , a private/government/academic partnership that seeks to expedite applications for advanced computing research to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers who are interested in conducting this timely work are asked to submit research proposals to the COVID-19 Online Portal here , which is handled by the XRAS team.

You can read the full release below, and visit the dedicated COVID-19 HPC Consortium webpage here.

Campus Champions

Campus Champions @ Illinois was started in August 2018. Campus Champions act as facilitators helping campus members find the best high performance computing related resources for their projects. They may give presentations that outline available HPC resources to interested campus groups or assist with training events.

A Campus Champion is an employee of, or affiliated with, a college or university (or other institution engaged in research), whose role includes helping their institution's researchers, educators and scholars (faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals) with their computing-intensive and data-intensive research, education, scholarship and/or creative activity, including but not limited to helping them to use advanced digital capabilities to improve, grow and/or accelerate these achievements.
[source: XSEDE Campus Champions web site]

Additional information on the Campus Champions Program is available on their web site.


Scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanists around the world – many of them at colleges and universities – use advanced digital resources and services every day. Things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools are critical to the success of those researchers, who use them to make our lives healthier, safer, and better.

XSEDE is an NSF-funded virtual organization that integrates and coordinates the sharing of advanced digital services - including supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources - with researchers nationally to support science.

Digital services provide users with seamless integration to NSF's high-performance computing and data resources. XSEDE's integrated, comprehensive suite of advanced digital services combined with other high-end facilities and campus-based resources, serve as the foundation for a national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.
[source: XSEDE web site]

Additional information on XSEDE, including training opportunities, are detailed on the XSEDE web site and user portal.

HPC Training Opportunities

HPC training opportunities at Illinois are offered by: XSEDE, the Campus Cluster (ICCP), Department of Computer Science (CS) and the Computational Science and Engineering Program (CSE).

  • XSEDE offers hands-on classroom and web conference style classes plus self-paced, on-line classes through their User Portal Course Calendar page.
  • The Research IT Portal links to training resources from XSEDE and other sources web site .
  • The Campus Cluster (ICCP) offers links to training resources from their web site .
  • NCSA has a periodic "News and Events" email newsletter that details various HPC related events and training opportunities. Sign-up here .
  • The Computer Science Department (cs ) and Computational Science and Engineering Program ( ) offer traditional classroom based courses on Parallel Programming and more advanced HPC related topics.

Campus Outreach Opportunities

Outreach Goals:

  • Establishing connections and working relationships with campus units, departments, research groups, labs and individual researchers is a primary goal of the Campus Champion.
  • Identifying campus community members who might be curious about how High Performance Computing (HPC) might enhance their research efforts will be another main goal.
  • Assisting interested HPC consumers with identifying and accessing HPC resources suitable to their research needs.
  • Announcing training opportunities and offering talks/presentations.

Scheduled Outreach Events: