Funding ended for University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center

December 19, 2014

Funding has not been renewed for 2015 and beyond for the five-year-old University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC). UC-HiPACC's major programs are therefore suspended: the advanced International Summer Schools on AstroComputing (ISSAC), the spring and fall program of small grants for students and researchers, the support of relevant meetings and workshops, plus the computational science press room outreach news service and the popular AstroShorts for astronomy clubs.

Alternative sources of funding are now being sought. Meantime, a No-Cost Extension to the grant has been approved through March 31, 2015, to support limited operations for UC-HiPACC, including the pioneering AGORA research effort, preparation of a five-year report detailing UC-HiPACC's record of accomplishments, and crafting of proposals for outside support. Pending receipt of alternative funding, some suspended programs may be resumed. The UC-HiPACC website at with its archive of useful resources will remain online for the foreseeable future.

Summary of Achievements

In 2009, UC-HiPACC was one of 37 new Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPIs) created though funding from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). The MRPI program was dedicated to strengthening research throughout entire UC system by instituting mechanisms to encourage and fund multicampus collaboration and sharing of resources. UC-HiPACC involved representatives and participants from nine of the ten UC campuses (all but UC San Francisco, a medical campus), plus all three UC-affiliated U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico). UC-HiPACC funding was approximately $350,000 per year.

"UC-HiPACC tremendously enhanced the ability of astrophysicists to cooperate across the UC system and to attract students and funding," said Joel R. Primack, UC-HiPACC's founder and director. "It took years to build UC-HiPACC, and its loss is devastating."

In its five years of operation from 2010 through 2014, UC-HiPACC "These all have been tremendously useful activities strengthening computational astrophysics at the University of California and beyond," said UC-HiPACC director Primack. "We very much hope that it will be possible to continue at least some of them in preparation for discoveries about the formation of galaxies and the nature of dark matter and dark energy in the new era of giant telescopes--such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)."
For interviews, contact:
Joel R. Primack, Director
University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC)
Department of Physics
University of California, Santa Cruz 95064
Cell: 831-345-8960

Press release written by:
Trudy E. Bell, M.A.
Senior Writer, UC-HiPACC or

University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center

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