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Anvil

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.

 

Scientific Highlights

  • Anvil helps undergraduates gain real-world HPC experience

    Five students from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I) took part in a semester-long research experience program to gain practical knowledge on data analytics and statistical research using common computing HPC resources. Daniel Ries, a Principal Data Scientist at Sandia National Lab...

  • Anvil helps develop new SARS-CoV-2 therapy

    A research team from Delaware State University used Purdue’s Anvil supercomputer to computationally design a new pan-coronavirus therapy that is resistant to mutational changes. Dr. Mohammad Shahidul Islam, a former assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Chi...

  • Anvil helps researchers study land-atmosphere interaction processes

    A research group from Columbia University has utilized Purdue’s Anvil supercomputer to run computational fluid dynamics simulations in order to learn more about atmospheric turbulence and the interactions between land surfaces and the atmosphere. Dr. Marco Giometto is an Assistant Professor in the C...

  • Competitors on the court, colleagues in computing

    High-performance computing (HPC) is booming in the state of Indiana. Two of the nation’s top National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded supercomputers reside on campuses within the state: Purdue University’s Anvil supercomputer, located in West Lafayette, and Indiana University’s (IU) Jetstream2 syste...

  • Researchers use Anvil supercomputer to study instabilities in polymers

    Scientists from the Material Research and Innovation Laboratory (MRAIL) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville used the Anvil supercomputer to obtain a deeper understanding of the Flow-induced structural instabilities of polymers and polymer dynamics. Dr. Mahdi Boudaghi, Dr. Brian Edwards, and Dr....

  • Exploratory Series: Archaeology and HPC

    Running from boulders, jumping across chasms, defeating villains while simultaneously finding ancient and mysterious artifacts—this is archaeology. Except, that’s not quite true. These are common misconceptions people tend to have about the field, and they can drive any hard-working archaeologist in...

  • Anvil REU Summer 2023 program is a tremendous success

    After 11 weeks of hard work and hands-on education, the Anvil Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer 2023 program has come to a close. This year’s Anvil REU program saw five students from across the nation gather at Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, to learn about high-perform...

  • Introducing CryoSPARC: Anvil’s powerful new software aimed at bioscience research

    The Anvil supercomputer has recently received a full integration of CryoSPARC, a state-of-the-art HPC software solution designed to enable the complete processing of single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) data. With this new addition to an already extensive software catalog, Anvil is no...

  • Purdue’s Anvil supercomputer helps researchers look at the origins of the universe

    A long time ago, before there were galaxies far, far away, there was an explosion of unimaginable proportions. Everything that ever has and ever will exist in the universe was compressed within a single point, and for reasons unknown, that point exploded—an event called the Big Bang—creating matter...

  • Anvil REU Student Lands Cybersecurity Role

    MaKayla McCartan is an undergraduate student at Purdue University, where she majors in cybersecurity and minors in both sociology and organizational leadership. McCartan was a participant in the 2022 Anvil REU program, and has recently accepted an internship at Grant Thornton, a globally known tax,...

  • Cancer researchers learn about big data analysis using Anvil

    The BigCare 2023 Summer Workshop, an on-site program that utilized the Anvil supercomputer to help train cancer researchers on how to harness the power of big data, has recently concluded, and based on participant feedback, it was a huge success! The BigCare workshop, otherwise known as the “Big Dat...

  • Purdue’s Anvil Supercomputer Assists with COVID-19 Pandemic Response

    A research group from the University of Virginia (UVA) utilized Purdue’s Anvil supercomputing cluster to help provide COVID-19 scenario modeling for local, state, federal, and university officials and departments. The team used computer models to predict what might happen with the virus, such as how...

  • Research team using Anvil in hypersonics research

    A team of researchers has been using the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC)’s powerful Anvil supercomputer to study gaseous jets in hypersonic crossflow, which is useful for understanding the operations of the systems that are used to steer aircraft and spacecraft in the upper atmosphere. Jo...

  • Purdue's Anvil supercomputer enters second year of production

    Anvil, Purdue’s most powerful supercomputer, is hammering out progress as it forges ahead into the second year of operations. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Anvil began early user operations in November 2021 and entered production operations in February 202...

  • Anvil REU Program helps student achieve NASA internship

    The Anvil summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program has once again proven invaluable for the students who participate in the hands-on learning experience. Lucas Snyder is an undergraduate student at Indiana University who studies Intelligent Systems Engineering, with his specialty...

  • Purdue researchers leading the fight against infectious diseases using Anvil

    Purdue researchers are using the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC)’s powerful Anvil supercomputer to fight infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB). Elsje Pienaar, an associate professor at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, led a team of students, including Lexi Petrucciani,...

  • Anvil helps Yale researchers in the search for batteries of the future

    Purdue’s Anvil supercomputer has been helping researchers forge a path in developing the batteries of the future. Dr. Aakash Kumar, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science as well as the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale University, utilized the po...

  • Anvil REU Program has major impact on student success

    After only one year, the Anvil summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is already impacting the lives and careers of the students who participated. Nrushad Joshi, an undergraduate student at Indiana University, recently accepted an offer to intern at Oak Ridge National Laborator...

  • RCAC, College of Pharmacy partner on AI tool to identify adverse drug effects from social media posts

    Adverse drug effects are thought to be vastly underreported, but a team from Purdue’s College of Pharmacy is working with the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) to use artificial intelligence to change that. RCAC senior research data scientist Sarah Rodenbeck partnered with Kyle Hultgren, th...

  • Anvil accelerates sustainability and photosynthesis research

    Purdue’s Anvil supercomputer is helping a Michigan State research team study processes associated with photosynthesis and plant metabolism, and apply those insights to facilitate more efficient energy conversion to meet today’s sustainability challenges. Josh Vermaas, an assistant professor at Michi...


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