The computational resources at Cornell University are located at the Cornell Theory Center (CTC), one of four supercomputing centers funded by the National Science Foundation. CTC also receives funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health, New York State, IBM Corporation, and other members of the center's Corporate Partnership Program.
The CTC's resources have been used by more than 5,000 researchers in fields as diverse as aerospace engineering, economics, and epidemiology. Its staff offers technical expertise in software, visualization, and parallel processing to its users, and investigates new, highly parallel processing resources for the scientific community in order to increase the usability of these computers through systems development and through examination of techniques to improve performance. A variety of education and training programs are also offered to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, and their professors. The Theory Center's reputation as a world-class high-performance computing resource is based on its research collaborations among academia, industry, and government researchers, integrated and highly parallel high-performance computing environment, world-class education and training programs, and powerful local, national, and international technology exchange networks.
The CTC's main resource is a 512 node IBM SP-2.