The Illinois Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Institute (eDream)
The Advanced Visualization Laboratory is a technical research and creative production partner of eDream. eDream was founded in January 2009 by the Office of the Provost with in-kind support from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to serve as an interdisciplinary center for arts-led creative thought and technical innovation. The campus-wide institute shares a special relationship with AVL, which has a long history of collaborating with artists and contributing to arts productions that incorporate technologies as essential media for producing their aesthetic.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
The Advanced Visualization Laboratory is a research group within NCSA. NCSA—established in 1986 as one of the original sites of the National Science Foundation’s Supercomputer Centers Program—is supported by the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, and grants from other federal agencies.
For more than 20 years, NCSA has been a leader in deploying robust high-performance computing resources and in working with research communities to develop new computing and software technologies. With the computing power available at NCSA, researchers simulate how galaxies collide and merge, how proteins fold and how molecules move through the wall of a cell, how tornadoes and hurricanes form, and other complex natural and engineered phenomena. AVL has played a vital role in sharing with the public science and engineering insights developed through high-performance computing.
NCSA is part of the Illinois Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies (IACAT).