The Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) is an interdisciplinary institute designed to bring together faculty and researchers from diverse backgrounds leveraging their broad expertise to address new and relevant computational problems and thereby contribute to the body of scientific knowledge. Located in the Lewis Science Library on Washington Road and Ivy Lane, PICSciE provides state-of-the-art computing and visualization facilities in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology. Above all, PICSciE hopes to be of service to the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students doing computational research on campus.
Created in 2002 by a group of faculty interested in developing an institute in computational science in collaboration with the Princeton University administration, PICSciE has grown to include membership from most of the engineering and science departments on campus as well as with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). There has been a quite rapid growth of the computational power available to PICSciE users with the current throughput on five machines of various architectures putting us in the top rank of academic institutions. It moved into its permanent quarters in the new Gehry-designed Lewis Library in the Fall of 2008, with space allocated for computational hardware, visualization and offices for staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
Princeton has a proud tradition in computational science dating back to the days of von Neumann. Many of the early achievements in computer science and scientific computing originated in Princeton. With PICSciE we plan to continue that tradition by supporting Princeton as a leading center of research and education in computational science.
Also, we provide a welcoming home for seminars, workshops, mini-courses and all the intellectual infrastructure that provides the human and educational basis for scientific and technical progress in computational areas.