Computational Facilities

UT Austin is home to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), whose flagship cluster, Stampede2, has 4,200 Intel Knights Landing nodes, each with 68 cores, 96GB of DDR RAM, and 16GB of high speed MCDRAM, 1,736 Intel Xeon Skylake nodes, each with 48 cores and 192GB of RAM, 100 Gb/sec Intel Omni-Path network with a fat tree topology employing six core switches, and two dedicated high performance Lustre file systems with a storage capacity of 31PB. Its peak performance is 18 petaflops. In Summer 2019, a new petascale computing system, Frontera, which will have a peak performance of 35-40 petaflops, will be commissioned.

UCSB has six computational workstations (2.4GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB HDD) as desktop machines for graduate and undergraduate researchers to develop codes, visualize results, and perform analyses. Extensive computational resources are available through the UCSB Center for Scientific Computation (CSC), managed jointly by the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and Materials Research Laboratory (MRL).

LBNL utilizes the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), the primary scientific computing resource at LBNL. We will use NERSC's Cori machine, a Cray XC40 with a peak performance of about 30 petaflops. Cori is comprised of 2,388 Intel Xeon "Haswell" processor nodes, 9,688 Intel Xeon Phi "Knight's Landing" nodes, and a 1.8 PB Cray Data Warp Burst Buffer and a peak performance of 27.8 Petaflops.


Laboratory Space and Equipment

UT Austin has more than 11,000 ft2 of laboratory space available for research associated with M-WET. Extensive facilities are available for materials synthesis as well as characterization of materials and membrane characterization.

UCSB has more than 12,000 ft2 of laboratory space available for research associated with M-WET. World class facilities for polymer synthesis and characterization as well as state of the art materials characterization via a wide range of spectroscopic and scattering tools is available.  

LBNL has a single crystal X-ray diffraction station at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory available for routine analysis of extremely small crystals. The high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction station at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory is available for routine analysis of crystalline powder materials. The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a state-of-the-art DOE User Facility for nanoscience research.

UT Austin Texas Materials Institute (TMI) Materials Characterization Center

A vital part of the TMI mission is to provide faculty and students at UT Austin with the instrumentation and associated infrastructure needed for state-of-the-art materials research. To this end, TMI manages a variety of core central facilities, all of which are supported by Ph.D.-level facility managers. These facilities are also available to users from outside the University.

  • Major capabilities: Electron Microscopy, Surface Analysis, Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction and Scattering, and handling of air sensitive samples for many instruments.
  • Instrumentation has high reliability and accuracy.
  • Ph.D. level facility managers are specialists in their fields and are available for consultations about sample preparation, techniques, and capabilities.