ARSC contract and academic work to continue during downsizing

ARSC contract and academic work to continue during downsizing

As has been reported in the news media, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is moving forward with plans to downsize the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Those plans have included issuing six-month layoff notices to most employees and beginning to recruit for the continuing positions that will make up the core of the new supercomputing unit at UAF.

During the downsizing, ARSC employees will continue to provide service both to users within the university and the Department of Defense.

ARSC has a contract with the Defense Department through the end of May 2011 and will continue to meet the terms of that contract. In addition, UAF and ARSC leaders are investigating the possibility of providing specialized supercomputing services on an as-needed contract basis to the Defense Department in the future.

The new supercomputing unit at UAF is being designed specifically to meet the academic and research needs of the university’s staff and faculty members and students.

Over the next six months, UAF will be working to define university supercomputing needs and will also be seeking appropriate contract and grant-funded work.Users with questions about how the downsizing will affect them should contact chief scientist Greg Newby at or director Frank Williams at .

Arctic Region Supercomputing Center PO Box 756020, Fairbanks, AK 99775 | voice: 907-450.8600 | email:

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