Arctic Region Supercomputing Center • (907) 474‑6935

The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center provides an ensemble of outstanding expertise, state-of-the-art technology and innovative research projects. ARSC's goals are to enable the creation and discovery of knowledge in science, engineering and art; enhance educational and research capabilities of UAF, Alaska and the United States; advance knowledge of the polar regions; and contribute to a richer understanding of the world around us.

These services are available to faculty, researchers and students at many UAF departments and research institutes. ARSC also provides computational resources for researchers within state and federal agencies, academic institutions and the Department of Defense.

The center operates several high performance computing systems, including a Cray X1, an IBM Regatta and an IBM p690+/p655+ system. Each system has access to the center's two StorageTek robotic tape silos, whose data storage capabilities can accommodate up to one petabyte of data.

ARSC operates a Mechdyne Flying Flex three-dimensional virtual reality immersive device, which is available to students and researchers in the center's Discovery Lab, located in the Rasmuson Library. ARSC maintains a high-end access lab located in the Gruening building. Computers in the lab run a variety of graphics and visualization software for training and education purposes. ARSC also maintains a classroom and technology lab located in the West Ridge Research Building which is equipped with visualization hardware including Macintosh and SunPC workstations, a Pyramid Systems ImmersaDesk and a full video production suite.

University classes offered by ARSC-affiliated faculty in art, computer science, engineering, physics and other disciplines provide opportunities for students to learn how to use ARSC resources. ARSC also offers a continuing program of training sessions on available resources.

For information about obtaining an account at ARSC, the schedule of classes or public tours in the summer, telephone (907) 450-8600 or visit online at