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Purdue University is the home of Anvil, a powerful new supercomputer that provides advanced computing capabilities to support a wide range of computational and data-intensive research spanning from traditional high-performance computing to modern artificial intelligence applications.



Anvil, built through a $10 million system acquisition from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and provides resources to the NSF's Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS), which serves tens of thousands of researchers across the U.S., and in which Purdue has been a partner for the past nine years. Anvil entered production in February 2022 and will serve researchers for five years. Additional funding from the NSF will support Anvil's operations and user support.

The name "Anvil" reflects the Purdue Boilermakers' strength and workmanlike focus on producing results, and the Anvil supercomputer will enable important discoveries across many different areas of science and engineering. Anvil also will serve as an experiential learning laboratory for students to gain real-world experience using computing for their science, and for student interns to work with the Anvil team for construction and operation. We will be training the research computing practitioners of the future. Learn more about Anvil's mission in the Anvil press release.

Anvil is funded under NSF award number 2005632. Carol Song is the principal investigator and project director. Preston Smith, executive director of RCAC, Xiao Zhu, computational scientist and senior research scientist, and Rajesh Kalyanam, data scientist, software engineer, and research scientist, are all co-PIs on the project.

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The Build

Check out the time-lapse of Anvil being built!


How to Cite Anvil

To acknowledge the use of Anvil for papers, presentations, or other publications, please use the following citation:

X. Carol Song, Preston Smith, Rajesh Kalyanam, Xiao Zhu, Eric Adams, Kevin Colby, Patrick Finnegan, Erik Gough, Elizabett Hillery, Rick Irvine, Amiya Maji, and Jason St. John. 2022. Anvil - System Architecture and Experiences from Deployment and Early User Operations. In Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 23, 1–9.

Contact Us

For user support please submit a ticket at Help Desk, by selecting the appropriate Anvil resource to have it routed to us.

Anvil is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2005632.