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15 Years Of Progress

Published on May 27, 2016 by TACC

It is fitting that the 15th anniversary of TACC coincides with the opening of a new building: if there has been one consistent hallmark of TACC over the last 15 years, it is growth. TACC was founded in 2001 on the premise that computational simulation was becoming the "third mode of science", and through the expert application of large scale computing TACC would power discoveries that change the world.

TACC fulfills this mission by enabling tens of thousands of researchers from around the world to run more than ten million large scale simulations supporting billions of dollars in research grants. TACC has designed and deployed some of the largest supercomputers in the world, and hosts hundreds of data collections and billions of files. TACC today supports research spanning the largest computations in the world to data delivered to mobile devices. Most importantly, TACC is a team of the world's best experts in applying large scale computation for engineering and science research.

TACC's support has led to real breakthroughs. TACC supports scientists forecasting earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes, leading to earlier and more accurate evacuation orders for the Texas coast. TACC accelerated the design of life saving drugs, improved crop production, and enhanced the engineering of everyday products. TACC has even helped researchers probe the nature of the universe, providing some of the computing power for the recent detection of gravitational waves, validating key predictions of Einstein.

Our growth over these past 15 years would not have been possible without the strong and unwavering support of our University, the O'Donnell Foundation, the NSF, and many others. Today, we stand on the brink of the next transformation of research and society through information technology - fueled not only by computation, but by big data and machine learning. As TACC launches a new building, our next supercomputer, and our next 15 years, TACC is poised to once again power discoveries that change the world.


Faith Singer-Villalobos

Communications Manager | 512-232-5771

Aaron Dubrow

Science And Technology Writer

Jorge Salazar

Technical Writer/Editor | 512-475-9411