The Center for High Performance Computing (CHiPC) is a Virginia Commonwealth University core facility formed in 2006 to provide the VCU Community with the high performance computing resources for research, teaching, and outreach activities. Today, CHiPC has grown in response to VCU’s Quest 2020 and Quest 2025 strategic plans and offers a centralized resource for HPC hardware and software support in an interdisciplinary environment.


In support of VCU’s Quest 2025 Strategic plan, the primary mission of the Center for High Performance Computing (CHiPC) is to advance scientific research at VCU in areas that benefit from large-scale computation. These areas span mathematics and computational sciences, the physical and chemical sciences, engineering, the life sciences, medicine, and the arts and humanities. The CHiPC will provide the supercomputing clusters, large-scale storage systems, specialized software, technical expertise in the use of such software and expertise in developing new software for this compute intensive environment.

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Currently, CHiPC operates and maintains the Teal (primary), Bach (serial & small parallel applications), Godel (bioinformatics optimized), and the Fenn (specific regulations) clusters and more information can be found on the facility page. CHiPC also provides additional storage resources and speciality compiler workstations for the university.

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