About CARC

animatedThe UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) is the University of New Mexico’s campus supercomputing center.  As a Strategic Research Emphasis Center of the University, reporting to the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Center currently serves more than 150 faculty and student researchers, spanning 20 departments and five Colleges, and representing diverse programs and Centers, including the Nanoscience and Microsystems graduate program, UNM Cancer Center, Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, DataONE, Long Term Ecological Research Network, Earth Data Analysis Center, and Center for Spatiotemporal Modeling.

CARC’s mission is to enable excellence in research and scholarship in science, engineering, biomedicine, humanities and the arts, through support for parallel supercomputing, advanced visualization, research data storage and analysis, novel architectures, and by providing leadership to enhance interdisciplinary computing-based research and education at the University. The Center is dedicated to fostering new, interdisciplinary collaborations based on computation, and encouraging novel applications of computation in research, while continuing to grow traditional applications of computing in science and engineering.  The Center supports a wide array of advanced computer hardware, software, as well as very large-scale research storage. Systems include large community machines available to all faculty and researchers, and specialized, hosted systems.

The Center was founded in 1994 by Profs. Frank Gilfeather (Mathematics and Statistics), John Sobolewski (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Brian Smith (Computer Science), as a sister Center to the Maui High Performance Computing Center, on behalf of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.  Over the course of its 20-year history, CARC has seen numerous significant firsts, including the deployment of the first nationally-allocated NSF distributed-memory parallel Linux cluster, Los Lobos (at the time, the largest open Linux cluster in the world, ranked #80 on the Top500), the first use of Access Grid collaborative technology, and the deployment of an ultra-dense HP x9000 disk storage system in support of the UNM Research Storage Consortium.

CARC serves as the academic unit in charge of the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Certificate Program, a graduate degree certificate, and provides computational science training workshops throughout the year.  It also provides computing resources for courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the College of Fine Arts, and hosts K-12 STEM outreach programs including Summer Majik, Café Scientifique, and the NM High School Supercomputing Challenge.

The University of New Mexico

duckpond.jpgUNM is the premier research university in the State of New Mexico. It is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution and a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, with nearly 35,000 students on the main and branch campuses.  UNM has an outstanding faculty that includes a Nobel Laureate, two MacArthur Fellows, 35 Fulbright scholars and several members of national academies.  Support for research conducted at UNM comes from the NSF, NIH, DoD, DOE, ARO, NASA, NEH, NEA, and industry, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), all located within an easy drive of the University.

As the state’s flagship research institution, UNM supports research programs that contribute to New Mexico’s economy and provide students with valuable hands-on training in state-of-the art technologies. The University offers more than 215 degree and certificate programs, including 87 bachelor’s, 72 master’s, and 38 doctoral programs.

UNM is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque is an ethnically-diverse city of half a million residents that has been listed among the smartest and most-tolerant U.S. cities, and best places to live in America.

The city has a rich culture and a location offering unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. The University is located within one hour of Santa Fe, and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing. 

Center for Advanced Research Computing

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Albuquerque, NM 87131

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