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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.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) is seeking students for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) paid internships for Summer '23. This program aims at developing the next generation workforce in advanced computing and cyberinfrastructure technologies. It offers students from diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build and support advanced research computing systems and scientific applications. Modeled after the RCAC's decade long successful student apprentice program, the REU students will learn by doing, working on the National Science Foundation funded Anvil system in a team environment and mentored by cyberinfrastructure professionals.

Open to undergrad students from all backgrounds. Each student will present their work to Purdue staff, faculty, and researchers at the end of the program, and may present at a national conference as part of the program. The 2023-year's program runs from May through August 2023.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2023.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Questions should be directed to

Applications Closed

Please check back at the end of the year for information on the summer 2024 program

Projects - Summer 2023

In each research project students will work closely with a member of our staff. The projects will be in a wide variety of areas, including data analytics, high performance computing, DevOps, and containerization. Descriptions of past student projects can be found in the Projects page.

Data analytics: Instrument and perform analysis of scientific application workloads on the Anvil system.

Integrate the XALT job-level usage activity monitoring tool for deeper analysis of workloads.

High Performance Computing (HPC): Extend the Anvil system to burst scientific workflows into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Implement direct cloud burst from Anvil to Azure for HPC and accelerator workloads based on the work with Microsoft in 2022.

Kubernetes: To support science gateways applications, extend Anvil’s Kubernetes-based composable subsystem to use cloud-based Kubernetes clusters.

Connect the Anvil composable subsystem’s Rancher management platform to Azure Kubernetes Service to support elastic-scaling of workloads for science gateway applications.

Containers to Support Education: Enable the use of large-scale notebook deployments to provide interactive access to Anvil in support of education.

Develop deployment solutions for the Jupyter notebook and Rstudio interactive computing platforms on Anvil’s composable subsystem for education and training activities.

Program Highlights


The REU projects are planned for a 11-week period in Summer 2023. The six students are anticipated to work on-site at Purdue, working 40 hours per week for the duration of their projects. Each student will receive a stipend of $600/week plus travel costs to attend a conference such as Super Computing 23 or PEARC 23. The cost for university housing is also included. 

Social/Networking Programs


May 22

  • SURF Orientation
  • Anvil/ Data Center Tour for Anvil REU students
  • Hands-on training with REU's & Mentors

May 23

  • Anvil REU Welcome Event

May 30

  • Walking tour of Campus
  • Nuclear reactor / Birck / Airport / Zucrow

June 2

  • Boilermaker Special Ride

June 7

  • Presentation on Data Visualization, Vetria L. Byrd

June 9

  • Presentation on Cybersecurity, CERIAS

June 13

  • SURF Technical Abstract Workshop

June 15

  • Presentation on Virtual Reality & Simulation, George Takahashi

June 26

  • 1 on 1 - Anvil Exe Team Member & REU

July 14

  • Presentation Anvil Exe TeamMember & Lunch

July 17

  • SURF Preparing for the Symposium

July 18

  • SURF Effective Technical Communication Workshop

July 21

  • SURF Practice Presentations

July 22-27

  • PEARC23 Student Program/Conference

July 28

  • SURF Svmposium - Project/Post Presentations

August 2

  • SURF Award Ceremony & Wrap Up Event

August 4

  • Anvil REU Wrap Up Event

Student Presentations And/Or Poster Sessions

The REU students make presentations on their work. At the end of the program, we have an afternoon mini-symposium at which time each student gives a short (15 minute) oral presentation and or presents a poster. to which all students, all Anvil and RCAC staff, and key people from across and outside of the University are invited. These talks will describe what has been accomplished, and plans or suggestions for the future.


In recent years many students from Purdue have given presentations at research conferences (e.g. Super Computing (SC) or PEARC). We encourage the REU students to present their work at these and other undergraduate conferences, and provide funding to support this.

Ongoing research

Where possible, students are encouraged to continue work on their projects after the end of the formal program. This is accomplished through visits to Purdue, collaboration through the internet, and work at the student's home institution. Funding maybe available to sponsor these activities.

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