Supercomputer center architecture

Shyh Wang Hall

Berkeley, California

This facility enables the advancement of high performance computing and collocates computer scientists, mathematicians, computational scientists, and theoreticians into the same facility. Named after Shyh Wang, a UC Berkeley professor who did pioneering work in semiconductor research, Wang Hall houses one of the world’s leading supercomputer centers and serves scientists in the U.S. and abroad.

What It Is
This facility promotes computational science and engineering activities between the University of California, Berkeley campus and the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The project is configured as two architecturally interconnected buildings: the supercomputer equipment floor and the office tower. The equipment space’s contiguous floor is largely column-free in order to maximize flexibility in configuring future computer arrays. The two office floors above provide a variety of general office, computer configuration and support, software support, videoconferencing, meeting, and visualization spaces.

Fixed building areas and large, open laboratories are configured for flexibility to support the inevitable reconfiguration encountered in research facilities over their lives.