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The ACCRE office at Vanderbilt University.

ACCRE: A great place to work. A great place to develop your career.

Every day, hundreds of researchers at Vanderbilt use ACCRE to unlock discoveries about our universe and solve the world’s challenges. These researchers come from all fields – from astronomy to microbiology and evolution to protein folding. Our mission is simple – we provide computational resources to our users so they can focus more on their research and less on the technology.

“In my mind, ACCRE is absolutely vital to Vanderbilt as a research university. I don’t see how we would be able to even call ourselves a major research university or be viable or competitive without a facility like ACCRE.”

Prof. Keivan Stassun, ACCRE user in astrophysics

Some of the many researchers who use ACCRE.

Solving the world’s biggest challenges

Some of the work ACCRE researchers have done include: understanding human evolution, processing large amounts of data from the Large Hadron Collider experiment, running through billions of protein folding arrangements, finding exoplanets, processing images of brains, and improving ultrasound images. These require more computational resources than an off-the-shelf laptop computer could provide. One message that we consistently get is how valuable the cluster – and our hard-working staff – are to their research. Learn more about ACCRE research here.

“I don’t have to manage it; this is a huge, huge timesaver… We’re in the business of doing research but not in the business of building a supercomputer.”

Prof. Antonis Rokas, ACCRE user in biological sciences

Kevin Buterbaugh (l), Davide Vanzo (r)

Helping build careers

Kevin Buterbaugh worked as ACCRE’s Unix System Administrator for 15 years and helped to grow the cluster to where it is today: “When I started at ACCRE almost 15 years ago, we didn’t even have a cluster file system.  I’m most proud of having taken us from that point to now having over 1.6 petabytes of storage.” Kevin recently started at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, where he will be developing experimental HPC clusters for use by the Department of Energy.

Like Kevin, Davide Vanzo has benefited professionally from his ACCRE experience. “As a computational chemist with the desire to jump into the broader HPC world, the opportunity to work with people that have been in the IT and HPC world for many years and in such a friendly environment has been a great privilege.” He recently joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a computational scientist.

“A cornerstone of the success of an HPC center is the ability to constantly meet and, even more importantly, anticipate the needs of its users. I am very proud of the significant evolution that ACCRE experienced toward this goal in the last four years thanks to the contributions from all the members of such an amazing team.”

Davide Vanzo, former ACCRE Software Developer, now HPC Computational Scientist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


ACCRE’s data center and offices are located in Peabody Campus, home to Vanderbilt’s college of education and human development as well as its first-year undergraduate residences.

A great place to work – and call home

Vanderbilt has been consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to work by Forbes Magazine. A diverse group of students, faculty and staff from all over the world call Vanderbilt home and work in a wide variety of fields across ten different colleges and schools. The campus is beautiful, and ACCRE’s surroundings in Peabody Campus are especially so. Next door to ACCRE is the Commons Center, one of Vanderbilt’s student centers, which offers a dining room, convenience store and exercise room. Many other food options are available within walking distance of the ACCRE office. Finally, we are located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, one of America’s fastest-growing cities.

Available openings

If you wish to be considered next time we have an opening at ACCRE, send us a message here.

The ACCRE office at Vanderbilt University.