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Support for research proposal development from OIT High Performance & Scientific Computing (HPSC)


OIT High Performance & Scientific Computing (HPSC) provides research computing resources and services to the University community, including:

  • ISAAC, the Infrastructure for Scientific Applications and Advanced Computing, formerly known as ACF, the Advanced Computing Facility.
  • Research proposal support for HPSC computational resources and equipment.
  • Research proposal development support involving HPSC resources or services. 

ISAAC is comprised of two distinct HPC environments to support high performance & scientific computing: the ISAAC Secure Enclave for research with sensitive information and the ISAAC Open Enclave for research not involving any sensitive information.

Along with the ISAAC, the HPSC supports faculty and researchers preparing proposals that would include computational resources such as equipment, virtual machines, and professional services, including Computational Scientist (SciComp) or system administrator support. Please Note: Research proposal support and development is not a new service; however, it has transitioned to OIT HPSC and ISAAC from JICS and ACF. 

If your proposal is in response to federal solicitations, you need to know that ISAAC is not a cost center, and the following conditions apply.

  1. Actual equipment costs for HPSC compute nodes will be quoted by HPSC staff.
  2. SciComp staff costs will be determined following University guidelines and policies.
  3. Virtual machine costs or system administrator costs are a standard OIT service and will be quoted as such. 

The Fiscal Year 2021 costs and costs estimates for HPC compute and storage for proposals and faculty investment are described on the HPSC website node and storage investment page.

To request help with proposal development that would include HPSC services or equipment, submit your request on the OIT Service Portal. If you have questions before submitting your request, contact the HPSC Director, Victor Hazlewood, at victor@utk.edu.

Learn more about High Performance & Scientific Computing, an OIT service, on the HPSC website.