Industry Partners


STAR Membership Benefits

STAR members are invited to attend training sessions and STAR workshops, and receive recognition on the TACC Web site and in TACC publications. Beyond the initial membership, participants are invited to engage in sponsored research activities, where they can utilize TACC's advanced computing systems, visualization and data analysis systems, as well as benefitting from TACC expertise in porting and tuning codes for large scale parallel processing. Individuals and organizations inexperienced in advanced computing should speak with the STAR program coordinator about training opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required for active, constructive participation.

Member benefits include:

  • Participation in the annual STAR Member Workshop in the fall, which promotes information sharing and knowledge transfer between TACC and STAR affiliates, and among the affiliates themselves.
  • Participation in quarterly STAR Working Sessions, where TACC staff and STAR partner representatives will share information on recent challenges, solutions, and lessons learned on a variety of topics, including:
    • Building next generation data centers
    • Interconnects (InfiniBand, 10GbEthernet, etc.)
    • Remote Visualization - performance, stability; VNC/OpenGL
    • Other topics, tbd
  • Attendance at monthly training sessions and workshops. These classes allow members to upgrade and develop new skills in high-end computing, scientific visualization and data analysis, code optimization, and distributed and collaborative computing.
  • Access to well-trained, high-quality undergraduate and graduate students for internships and full-time positions.
  • Access to TACC publications and reports.

Additionally, STAR members may negotiate sponsored research projects, to include:

  • Access to TACC advanced computational resources, visualization and data analysis systems, and storage resources for conducting scientific research, developing high-end software, and solving complex problems.
  • Technical support to resolve general issues that may occur with TACC resources.
  • Individualized application and technology consulting to help companies find solutions for their unique business challenges, including assistance with porting, tuning, and optimization, and parallel performance analysis.
  • Custom software development, including new tools, methods, and techniques in high performance computing, distributed and collaborative computing, and visualization and data analysis.

TACC works with STAR program participants to tailor the program to their unique needs and goals. Small firms and start-ups may be invited to join at a reduced rate. For sponsored research projects, additional fees are determined by the combination of optional components negotiated by the participant, on a case-by-case basis. Membership fees are charged for annual participation in the program, based on date of entry, and may be adjusted as TACC upgrades its systems and software.

For more information on the STAR Program, please contact Melyssa Fratkin at or 512-471-9961.

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Melyssa Fratkin

Industrial Programs Director | 512-471-9961