ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

Introducing ICS-ACI

PadmaRaghavan

Introducing ICS-ACI

I have some really exciting news that I want to share with you. The Institute for CyberScience has some new developments under way. Chief among them is the introduction of the Institute for CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure or ICS-ACI. While we will continue to service and improve our existing systems, such as the Lion-X clusters, we have acquired nearly 6,000 new cores of compute power and have begun onboarding PIs to our new systems.

Let me share some of the major features of ICS-ACI with you, and then I encourage you to visit our new section of the website dedicated to ICS-ACI for more information about our systems, our service models, and how to sign up for your account.

The New System

Of the 16,000 cores ICS-ACI operates, we have recently added 4,800 standard-memory and 960 high-memory cores. The new systems provide standard batch and customizable, interactive modes for subscribers. For detailed information about the new systems’ compute resources, storage, facilities, and management, visit https://ics.psu.edu/advanced-cyberinfrastructure.

The Access Models

Researchers gain access to the new infrastructure through one of three ways. The primary access model is our Guaranteed-Response Time or GReaT model. PIs may choose standard- or high-memory cores and specify the number of years for which they want access.

If researchers want to try out the computing environment for up to a month to see whether it will meet their needs, they may do so under our Try ICS-ACI model at no cost.

The Explore model provides short-term, no-cost access to compute resources for PIs attempting proof of concept or strategic, exploratory research.

Who to Contact

If you would like to know more about ICS-ACI or would like to discuss your needs, please contact us at aci-info@ics.psu.edu. ICS also provides support for proposal and grant writing. If you are writing a proposal and need support regarding compute resources, storage, or services, we can help.


We have been working for almost a year to make ICS-ACI available, and I want to say how proud I am of the ICS staff and how much I appreciate their hard work. Thanks also to the ICS Coordinating Committee for their hard work and dedication and to our Vice President for Research Neil A. Sharkey. I especially want to thank our Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones for his generous support and for subsidizing the bulk of the cost to our researchers.

Padma Raghavan
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering 
Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives 
Director, Institute for CyberScience

Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Help us build the future. Contact ICS at Penn State.

  • email: ics@psu.edu
  • phone: ICS-ACI Support (i-ASK Center): 814-865-4275 | General Inquiries: 814-867-1467

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