In 2018, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Frontera, was awarded for deployment at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Frontera opens up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capabilities that make it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of scientific domains.

Frontera is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the fastest supercomputer on a university campus. It replaces the soon-to-be decommissioned Blue Waters system, as the leadership-class system in NSF’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.
Up to 80% of the available compute time on Frontera — more than 55 million node hours each year — will be made available through the NSF Petascale Computing Resource Allocations program. Early user access began in June 2019, with full system production scheduled for mid- to late-summer of 2019.







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A world-class team is partnering on the planning, deployment and operations of Frontera, led by faculty of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Science at The University of Texas at Austin. Academic partners include scientists from Caltech, Cornell, Princeton, UC-Davis, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and the University of Utah. An equally impressive team of technologists and operations experts partnered on the project from the sites above as well as The Ohio State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M.

Frontera combines Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with 2nd generation Intel Xeon processors and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects, and incorporates innovative storage from DataDirect Networks and novel cooling systems from CoolIT, Cooltera, and Green Revolution Cooling.

Phase 2 Leadership-Class Computing Facility (LCCF)

The project planning effort for a Phase 2 system with at least 10x performance improvement will incorporate a community-driven process that will include leading computational scientists and technologists from around the country and leverage strategic public-private partnerships.

Acknowledging Use of Frontera

Please use the following statement when acknowledging use of computational time on Frontera, or help from the support team.

This research is part of the Frontera computing project at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Frontera is made possible by National Science Foundation award OAC-1818253.

Teams who have NSF Petascale Computational Resource (PRAC) Awards should also acknowledge those awards.