High Performance Computing

The College of Engineering encourages the use of high performance computing resources in support of teaching and research. CAEN is responsible for supporting these advanced computing resources for the College of Engineering.

  • The NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) provides advanced digital resources and services to scientists across the country.
  • The U-M's campus Linux-based high performance computing cluster, called Flux, supports multi-core and long running computations.
  • The College of Engineering's federated installation of faculty-owned high performance computing resources, called Nyx, supports uses that are not suitable for Flux or XSEDE.



The CAEN High Performance Computing Group provides assistance and consulting for faculty and supports a Rackham certificate program. Researchers in the College of Engineering also make use of computing resources in national and other institutional labs. College of Engineering departments may also provide support for high performance computing.

The University of Michigan participates in the NSF's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program, which provides computing, storage, applications, and consulting resources at no cost to researchers. CAEN provides on-campus support for this via the XSEDE Campus Champion program and can offer advice and guidance to interested researchers. For more information, see XSEDE or contact hpc-support@umich.edu.

The University has an on-campus high performance computing (HPC) resource that is a traditional Linux cluster called Flux. Flux supports long-running and multi-core jobs and is tightly integrated with the U-M IT and business operations. For more information on using Flux in the College of Engineering, see Planning to Use Flux or contact hpc-support@umich.edu.

  • To use Flux in a College of Engineering Course, see Flux for Instructors.
  • To propose funding in a grant application for the use of Flux, see Flux for Grant Writers and Flux for Research Administrators.
  • To prepare a start-up or retention offer that includes the use of Flux, see Flux for Start-up and Retention Packages.
  • For researchers with a requirement to purchase hardware, Flux supports the addition of hardware to its Operating Environment. For more information on this, please see the Flux Operating Environment web pages.

    At the campus level, Advanced Research Computing (ARC) advances existing and future cyberinfrastructure resources at the University.