NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center
The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) opened its doors in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 2012. Since then, more than 4,000 users from more than 575 universities and other institutions across the nation and overseas have used its advanced computing and data storage resources for research in the Earth system sciences.
The center is maintained and staffed by the NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL) as part of CISL's mission to support and advance the geosciences with world-class computing, data management, and research in computational science. The facility houses the computing and data storage resources described on the resources overview page. (Take a look at this time-lapse video of the new Derecho system being installed.)
The NWSC also plays a key role in CISL's outreach and education efforts, with a Visitor Center that hosts numerous student groups, facilities tours, and special youth-oriented activities such as hands-on Kids Code and Super Science Saturday events. Educational exhibits at the center inform K-12 students and the general public about how high-performance computing supports and advances scientific research and discoveries.
Visiting the NWSC
The visitor center is open to walk-ins Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. Docent-led tours of the computing rooms and facility are available for those in 9th grade and older and can be booked in advance by scheduling a tour. Please use this form if you would like to schedule a tour.
The NWSC Visitor Center offers informative tours and exhibits about weather, climate, supercomputing, and the broad spectrum of atmospheric research at a world-class science laboratory.
Learn about current Earth science research spanning our planet's changing climate to the genesis of severe weather phenomena. Find out about computational science and see one of the fastest supercomputers in existence today
The NWSC is the result of a partnership between the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, Wyoming Business Council, and Black Hills Energy. It is operated by NCAR under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation.
Vendor personnel are allowed access to the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your NWSC Management representative for the latest procedures for entering the facility. If you are unsure about who your management representative is or if you need further information and assistance, please contact the NWSC Security Desk at 307-996-4311.