We typically write the center name "C-FAR", because we pronounce it "see-far".
A key focus of the research center, which we would like embodied in the logo is computer system scaling, which is the process of making computer continually faster and more energy efficient. A good way to represent this concept graphically is with a rising bar graph, like a stock chart where the stock price is rising quickly. In our brainstorming session for the logo, we thought it would be cool to build the rising bar graph out of the "f" in C-FAR, I have included a very rough sketch of what we were thinking about. (Note, we don't like anything about that sketch except the idea of the rising graph combined with the "F" in C-FAR.) Of course we are open to any ideas that communicate this central message of rising performance and efficiency.
The logo will be used for the website, and also on the PowerPoint presentations of the researchers, when they present center results.
Also, during our logo brainstorming session, we came up with a "burnt orange" based color scheme, I have included the PowerPoint template. We like this color scheme, so any logo that goes well with is is a big plus.
Thanks in advance for your effort!