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Special Research Technology Edition
Purdue joins partnership to bring advanced digital resources, services and expertise to researchers
Purdue is partnering with 16 institutions to build the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a five-year National Science Foundation project to create the most advanced, powerful and robust collection of integrated digital resources and digital services for research in the world.
For Purdue faculty and their students, Purdue’s participation gives the University a group of experts on campus to help them tap the plethora of research resources available through XSEDE. Interaction by Purdue IT staff supporting XSEDE with researchers using it at other institutions also should open avenues for new collaborations among Purdue’s researchers and researchers elsewhere, along with new funding opportunities.
Purdue research computing resources for faculty among best in the nation
Purdue now ranks fourth among U.S. academic institutions with systems on the TOP500 supercomputers list and is the leader among nonfederally funded campus supercomputing centers and in the Big Ten. Faculty partners and ITaP already are working on another shared community cluster supercomputer, which is expected to become operational in September 2011 and should make the next TOP500 list.
Completed MATH building upgrades will allow research computing expansion
Major ITaP research computing systems, including the Rossmann and Coates clusters, are back on line following an upgrade of the power and cooling systems for the data center in the Mathematical Sciences Building. The upgrade will allow new supercomputers to be added and it provides redundant power and cooling to keep the systems running now and in the future.
ITaP still taking faculty orders for new research supercomputing cluster
Faculty orders for a new research computing cluster are still being taken by ITaP, which plans to have the supercomputer operating in September. The Hansen Community Cluster will feature Dell compute nodes with four 12-core AMD Opteron 6176 processors (48 cores per node) and either 96 or 192 gigabytes of memory. A large-memory option with 512 gigabytes also is available.
Campus Technology magazine highlights HUBzero and Signals as top innovations
Campus Technology Magazine’s August edition is highlighting Purdue’s HUBzero, a Web-based platform allowing researchers to collaborate using computational models to study complex problems, as a top innovation for 2011. Purdue-developed Signals, an early warning system that helps students succeed in their coursework, also won one of the magazine’s Campus Technology Innovators Awards.