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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, from traditional high-performance computing to modern artificial intelligence applications. The name "Anvil" reflects the Purdue Boilermakers' strength and dedicated focus on producing results.



RCAC Anvil Executive team
From Left: Arman Pazouki, Carol Song, Preston Smith, Rajesh Kalyanam

Anvil is Purdue University’s most powerful supercomputer, providing researchers from diverse backgrounds with advanced computing capabilities. Built through a $10 million system acquisition grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Anvil supports scientific discovery by providing resources through the NSF’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS), a program that serves tens of thousands of researchers across the United States. Purdue has proudly partnered with the NSF to deliver high-performance computing to researchers in need for over a decade. The Anvil supercomputer went into production in February of 2022 and will continue serving the research community through 2027. Additional funding from the NSF supports Anvil's operations and user support.

Over the coming years, the Anvil supercomputer will enable significant discoveries across many areas of science and engineering. Anvil will also 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 to innovate and enhance Anvil’s capabilities. Through the continued support of hands-on education, Purdue will be training the future cyberinfrastructure (CI) professionals and CI-savvy workforce. 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 Research Computing, and Rajesh Kalyanam, research scientist, are all co-PIs on the project. 

Not sure how you could use Anvil or if Anvil is right for you? Click here to learn more about the benefits of High-Performance Computing. Or learn how to get started!

Anvil at A Glance

statistics current as of January 1, 2024
Statistics as of January 2024

All Anvil Team

Organizational Chart
Org Chart

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.