SDSC Industry Partnerships


Do you have innovative processor, memory, networking, software, storage or other technologies that can enable the scientific computing systems of the future? Then consider getting involved with SDSC’s Advanced Technology Lab (ATL). Established in 2016, the ATL is a division of SDSC, a leader in High-Performance Computing for over 35 years.

The ATL is embarking on a multi-year program to define and validate the core technologies that will enable the next generation of computational science for NSF and UC San Diego researchers. Over the next few years, SDSC will be pursuing multiple opportunities to provide new supercomputing capabilities to the NSF and UCSD research communities, involving both existing and new systems. We invite you to help us plan out and execute the research program leading to new systems and capabilities for computational science. Contact us ASAP for information on how you can contribute.

The role of our Advanced Technology Lab is to identify and explore the technologies that will be needed to enable the next generation of computational science on these systems. Driven by the mission to translate innovation into practice in partnership with industry sponsors, the ATL aims to close the gap between innovation and research in ways that accelerate academic researchers’ adoption of technological advances to solve scientific challenges.

The mission of SDSC’s Advanced Technology Lab is to identify and evaluate new hardware and software technologies for future computing and storage systems that will be needed to conduct scientific research at scale. The lab develops research, development and evaluation programs looking at needs over a 3-5 year time horizon. The ATL is funded by industrial sponsors as well as by contracts and grants from federal and other sponsoring agencies.


SDSC’s researchers and staff are dedicated to solving challenging scientific and technical problems for our partners in academia and industry.

Collaborations with industry provide a unique opportunity to exchange the latest advances in the scientific community and the commercial enterprise – to the benefit of both. These collaborations also create vital connections that facilitate the adoption of  technological innovation in academia to solve society’s biggest challenges.

SDSC’s experts have worked with companies in many sectors:

  • Aerospace,
  • Biotechnology,
  • Civil Engineering,
  • Defense,
  • Oil and Gas,
  • Pharmaceuticals, and 
  • Public Utilities. 

SDSC has a strong track record of providing platforms for collaboration between industry and academia. With an enormous base of active scientific users (10K+ UNIX accounts and 2M+ Science Gateway users per year), SDSC has served a wide range of programs for industry-related collaborations. These include:

  • Sponsored research,
  • Use of high-performance computing and storage systems,
  • Consulting and technical support, and
  • Centers of Excellence for focused technical topics.

Research Context

The computational and storage infrastructure (collectively, “cyberinfrastructure”) supporting scientific research is evolving rapidly and ranges from large-scale supercomputer and interconnected cloud-computing centers to intermediate facilities to edge devices including sensor networks and scientific instruments. The increasing use of AI methods coupled with conventional modeling and simulation presents new technological challenges. R&D projects to address these challenges range from hardware-based “data accelerators” (DPUs, smart NICs, computational storage, etc.), to “data
preparation for AI,” to software and algorithms that reduce time-to-solution while improving ease of use of end-to-end systems. Cybersecurity is an ancillary topic of increasing concern.

Reach Out

We invite your inquiries, so download our flyer and contact the Industry Partnerships team for more information about our programs and potential collaboration: Shawn Strande, Ron Hawkins, and Susan Rathbun.

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