SMU and NCSA announce new strategic partnership

DALLAS (SMU– SMU and The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are forming a new strategic partnership to promote advanced computing and data science.


NCSA and SMU are two organizations that leverage the power of supercomputing and its resources to further enable digital transformation, research, and discovery to address societal and global challenges. This partnership will focus on collaboration and achieving mutual goals of strategic importance. Together, they will work toward contributing to the development of a highly-skilled technology workforce, implement outreach efforts to the broader scientific community, and provide support for future research endeavors.


"We are both proud and excited for formalizing this partnership with SMU. Our collective richness in data science and advanced computing resources will enable us to address great opportunities, “ says Brendan McGinty, NCSA Director of Industry. “Our mutual desire to engage industry challenges in alignment with university goals in research and scholarship makes us natural partners. I can't wait to see what we accomplish together."


“The North Texas area surrounding SMU is home to dozens of Fortune 1000 companies, and developing new research opportunities with local businesses is a priority for SMU,” says Michael Hites, SMU Chief Information Officer. “The partnership with NCSA provides our students and faculty with additional capabilities to serve the region and solve larger research problems.  We are looking forward to new collaborations, particularly through SMU’s Data Science Institute and the Center for Research Computing.”


SMU's ManeFrame supercomputer


About SMU

SMU is the nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 students in eight degree-granting schools demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit as they lead change in their professions, communities and the world.


About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one-third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.