Holyoke marks opening of MA Green High Performance Computing Center

MA-GHPCCA $1.6M multi-university NSF grant has been awarded to support high-performance computing research.

The grant will fund the purchase of a hybrid computing cluster that will combine high-performance computing CPU power with GPU accelerators. The cluster will be connected by dedicated 10 gigabit optical links to each of the partner universities in a regional consortium that brings together researchers from BU, MIT, Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts campuses, and VMware. The system will be housed at the new state-of-the-art high performance computing center in Holyoke, Massachusetts operated by the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The new computing environment is intended to provide a bridge between high-end HPC practitioners, computer scientists and science domain experts amongst faculty, post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate populations in the consortium.

The BU Team of investigators includes Claudio Rebbi (co-PI, Physics), Jonathan Appavoo (CS), Lorena Barba (Mechanical Engineering), Azer Bestavros (CS), Rich Brower (ECE and Physics), Mark Friedl (Earth and Environment), Roscoe Giles (ECE and Physics), Anders Sandvik (Physics), Sandor Vajda (Biomedical Engineering), and Curtis Woodcock (Earth and Environment).

This major research instrumentation will be available through the auspices of the BU Center for Computational Science, the Scientific Computing and Visualization Group, and the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering.

“Boston University is a partner in the Massachusetts Green High- Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a collaboration of universities, industry, and the Massachusetts state government. The group is in the process of building a new data center in Holyoke, Massachusetts to take advantage of the abundant source of clean renewable energy from Holyoke Gas and Electric’s hydroelectric power plant on the Connecticut River. MGHPCC is expected to be available for use in early 2013. More information about the MGHPCC is available at http://www.bu.edu/tech/research/mghpcc/ .”

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