The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program leads the nation and the world in supercomputing, high-end computational science, and advanced networking for science.
Maintaining U.S. leadership requires specialized computer scientists and applied mathematicians who know how to develop supercomputing methods to harness supercomputers to solve real world problems today and develop the technology of the future. Supercomputers push the edge of what is possible for US science and innovation—enabling scientists and engineers to explore systems too large, too complex, too dangerous, too small, or too fleeting to do in the real world. From atoms to astrophysics understanding these complex systems delivers new materials, new drugs, more efficient engines and turbines, better weather forecasts, and other technologies to maintain U.S. competitiveness in a wide array of industries.
We support U.S. research at hundreds of institutions and deploy open-access supercomputing and network facilities at our National Laboratories. Our supercomputers are the world’s most powerful and our high-speed network is specially built for moving enormous scientific data, at light speed. From artificial intelligence to quantum computing, our vibrant research community keeps the U.S. ahead in a rapidly evolving high-tech field and impacted industries. Through strong partnerships between scientists, applied mathematicians and computer scientists, we maintain U.S. leadership in science, technology, and innovation.
Learn more about the mission of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and how we support it here.

Introducing Summit

The biggest problems in science require supercomputers of unprecedented capability. That’s why the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) launched Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer. Summit is providing scientists with incredible computing power to solve challenges in energy, artificial intelligence, human health, and other research areas, that were simply out of reach until now. These discoveries will help shape our understanding of the universe, bolster US economic competitiveness, and contribute to a better future. 

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The Frontier supercomputer at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory earned the top ranking on May 30, 2022, as the world’s fastest on the 59th TOP500 list, with 1.1 exaflops of performance.
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ASCR Subprograms

Applied Mathematics Research

The applied mathematics research program develops the key mathematical advances, algorithms, and software for using high-performance scientific computing to solve real-world problems.

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Computer Science Research

The computer science research program supports research to enable computing and networking at extreme scales and generate innovative advancements in computer performance.

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Computational Partnerships

Our partnership program supports deep collaborations between discipline scientists, applied mathematicians and computer scientists to accelerate scientific computing.

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Emerging Technologies

Computer technology is a rapidly advancing field. Emerging technologies are supported through the Research and Evaluation Prototypes program and addresses the challenges of next-generation technologies.

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Supercomputing and Network Facilities

Open to researchers from industry, academia, and the national laboratories, ASCR supercomputers are among the fastest in the world and our network is specifically engineered to quickly moving large scientific data.

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Contact Information

Advanced Scientific Computing Research
U.S. Department of Energy
SC-21/Germantown Building
1000 Independence Avenue., SW
Washington, DC 20585
P: (301) 903 - 7486
F: (301) 903 - 4846