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Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS) project links computers, data, and people from around the world to establish a single, virtual system that scientists can interactively use to conduct research. A partnership of 17 institutions in XSEDE 2.0, this project provides researchers with open access to the power of supercomputers, advanced computational tools, and digital resources and services directly from their desktops. Funded by the NSF for five years at $121 million, ACCESS is to be the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. ACCESS can be accessed through its website and user portal at

Purdue's RCAC is a Level 1 Service Provider to the current ACCESS project with its new system Anvil, a 1000-node capacity system funded by NSF. Anvil began production operations in February 2022. Previously, Purdue provided several resources to the TeraGrid and ACCESS projects, including an HPC cluster (Steele), a high-throughput computing resource (the Purdue HTCondor pool, BoilerGrid), an FPGA system (Brutus), and a cloud resource (Wispy) and provides access and support to ACCESS users.

As a partner in the ACCESS project, Purdue staff continue to play the following roles in the project:

  • Providing expertise and advanced technical assistance to ACCESS users.
  • Leading the ACCESS Campus Champion Program to further expand the ACCESS user base by reaching out to campuses, providing training and outreach activities, and getting feedback from campus users to improve ACCESS services.
  • Providing an ACCESS–OSG (Open Science Grid) liaison to bridge the efforts of the two cyberinfrastructure projects by assisting users in utilizing both the ACCESS and OSG resources, identifying and organizing training and outreach activities to broaden the user base.

Contact ACCESS Purdue subaward PI: Dr. Carol Song (