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In addition to our world-class research, we utilize and provide tools for some of the fastest, most powerful computer systems in the world: systems that are enabling scientists to tackle problems previously considered infeasible.


Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) is one of two leadership computing facilities supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Its current systems include

  • Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q, running at 10 quadrillion calculations a second, and
  • Theta, a 9.65-petaflops system based on the second-generation Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor


Joint Laboratory for System Evaluation

The Joint Laboratory for System Evaluation (JLSE) is a collaboration between the MCS and LCF divisions aimed at evaluating future hardware and software platforms. The JLSE addresses ALCF and MCS needs in a variety of areas in hardware and software research, including

  • Investigating alternative approaches to current and future deployments within ALCF, and
  • Maintaining a range of hardware and software environments for testing MCS research ideas.


Laboratory Computing Resource Center

The primary goal of the Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) is to facilitate Argonne science and engineering programs that require mid-range supercomputing. LCRC also provides user support and training, and maintains a wide range of scalable applications and tools. The LCRC currently operates two systems:

  • Blues, a 310-node computing cluster, and
  • Bebop, a 1,024-node computing cluster