Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) provides an ensemble of outstanding expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and innovative research projects that:

  • Enable the creation and discovery of knowledge in science and engineering,
  • Enhance educational and research capabilities of the University of Alaska Fairbanks,
  • Advance knowledge of the polar regions, and
  • Contribute to a richer understanding of the world around us.

Our Vision

To use our capacity and capability in high performance computing to:

  • develop users and utilization,
  • facilitate use and access, and
  • diversify our resources to establish distinction as a leading computational center for polar research.

Our Values

The ARSC values guide the center and its staff to be proactive and responsive as individuals and as an organization to support the center in its growth as a respected research center. ARSC supports people who do good work for which they can be proud and which in turn brings positive recognition to the Center, the University and our sponsoring organizations.


ARSC is committed to the pursuit of knowledge and truth. We promote trust and treat others with dignity and respect. We expect honesty and integrity in all our endeavors.


ARSC supports open communication for research, publication, collaboration and teamwork to promote further discovery. ARSC plays an active role in the sharing of knowledge in high performance computing and visualization in all environments.


We value excellence in accessibility, reliability, stability and usability of our hardware, software and user interfaces. We serve our customers in ways that earn their respect and support.


ARSC provides our community with computer systems and services to enhance productivity. We promote productivity internally through empowerment of individuals, prioritization, accountability and well-defined goals.


We strive to lead the way in innovative systems and services to accelerate the advancement of science, education and discovery. We value risk-taking in individual and team efforts to create better teams, projects, conversations and collaborations.


We facilitate research and creativity with state-of-the-art equipment and in-house expertise. ARSC is dedicated to the discovery of fundamental knowledge and its application through these computing tools and services.


In cooperation with other public, professional and research organizations, ARSC reaches out to enhance learning experiences for K-12, university and professional people and to improve understanding of the Arctic region and its relation to global society.


We celebrate the diversity of science, ideas and people. We understand the importance of creative expression in science, art and high performance computing and foster its development to provide opportunities for excellence.

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