In addition to college course work, another major type of supercomputer use is for academic research. These are research projects, typically performed by students pursuing masters or doctoral level degrees. These degrees train researchers to develop new products and technological advances. As part of their education, students will be assigned to perform a major research project. Some of the fields that utilize ASC's high performance computing facilities most heavily are as follows.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Entomology
  • Fisheries
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Neurology
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Space Science

There are also some fields that utilize high performance computing to a lesser extent. These include business, economics, music, political science, and psychology.  The HPC systems have been used by students participating in undergraduate internships in a number of fields. There is also some supercomputer usage by commercial clients that have paid for computing time.