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About ICS

A High Performance Computational Research Community

The Institute for CyberScience is one of five interdisciplinary research institutes within Penn State’s Office of the Vice President for Research. ICS brings researchers together to develop and apply innovative, high performance computation methods.

Penn State’s Research Hub

ICS operates and continues to expand a world-class high-performance computing system. The ICS Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI) lets Penn State researchers carry out advanced simulation and statistical modeling, data analysis, data mining, machine learning, and more.

ICS-ACI offers

  • 30,000 computing cores
  • 20 PB of storage
  • a dynamic software stack of broadly used research applications
  • > 650 teraflops of total peak performance

ICS-ACI systems are located in a data center operated by the Data Center Services unit of the Penn State Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.

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A Brief History of ICS

The Institute for CyberScience traces its origins to 2011, when an intra-university task force was charged with developing a strategic vision for cyberscience at Penn State. On the recommendation of this task force, the Institute for CyberScience was established in 2012 through the Office of the Vice President for Research under the direction of founding director, Dr. Padma Raghavan.

Since 2012 ICS has coordinated a co-hiring initiative in partnership with Penn State Colleges and Institutes. ICS now has 27 co-hires from 20 academic departments across 7 colleges.  ICS has awarded over $1.3 million in seed grants in yearly competitions and funds several research centers.

In 2014 Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones and Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey took steps to ensure that Penn State can deliver the broad spectrum of computing and data services required for advanced research. As part of this process, ICS began to develop our Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). Today, nearly 3,000 researchers and students use ICS-ACI to boost their productivity and accelerate their research.

Our work intersects with four other Penn State interdisciplinary institutes: