Arctic Region Supercomputing Center

The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center provides high performance computing systems, massive data storage systems, visualization, software, security and high bandwidth communications in support of research identified as state and national priorities in meeting needs of graduate education and research at UAF.

ARSC is one of six centers in the U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program, and the only center in the program providing open research computing. ARSC computational scientists and HPC systems specialists provide specific training for new and existing users, tailored consulting and general support for successful use of ARSC resources to address problems requiring solutions beyond the capabilities of conventional computers.

Established in 1992, the center today supports a worldwide community of researchers with state-of-the art, 24x7 computational resources. ARSC is an active collaborator with users and parallel computing experts worldwide to provide early adoption and assessment of software tools. Outreach to the educational and general community includes student and intern programs in computational science, and hosting a wide range of public, academic, scientific and elementary and secondary school tours at the Discovery Lab annually.

The center operates an MD Flying Flex™ immersive three-dimensional virtual reality studio, available to students and researchers in ARSC's Discovery Lab located in the UAF Rasmuson Library. ARSC maintains an access lab and a training lab equipped with Sun Linux workstations for use by faculty, affiliated researchers and students.

ARSC supports for-credit university courses in computer art, computational science and other disciplines with hardware, software and ARSC-affiliated faculty. For information about obtaining an account at ARSC, the schedule of classes or public tours, telephone 907-450-8600 or visit online at