November 20, 2006
The University of Oklahoma's (OU)
Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER) plans to
standardize on Platform LSF for their high performance computing (HPC)
needs and to serve the OU science and engineering communities with
research facilitation and educational programs crucial to their
studies. OSCER is leading an initiative at OU to help students, faculty
and staff improve their research with the use of HPC technologies and
succeed and innovate across physical sciences, biosciences, engineering
and computer science.
"As OSCER deploys Platform LSF across OU's computational resources, they have a number of programs underway to support and maximize the investment," said OSCER Director, Henry Neeman.
OSCER's "Supercomputing in Plain English" workshops for both experienced and new HPC users have been facilitating the sharing of knowledge across the University. OSCER's innovative "rounds" program has been providing HPC expertise to dozens of research groups, propelling forward projects that otherwise would stagnate for lack of computing experience. In addition, OSCER has been working with instructors to facilitate HPC-based courses, and OU is looking longer term at developing interdisciplinary computational science and engineering curricula.
A newly announced National Science Foundation CI-TEAM grant will expand OSCER's unique education and research facilitation approach to over a dozen other institutions, including a high school, several community colleges, bachelors-granting, masters-granting and research universities. This initiative will add dozens of new HPC users, many of whom have minimal HPC experience and enable them to become highly productive researchers. Future opportunities are also being investigated, including an inter-institutional grid with the University of Arkansas.
"Standardizing on stable, reliable commercial workload management software is critically important for us to be able to aggressively move forward on a number of research initiatives that will showcase OU's tremendous talent pool and knowledge," said Neeman. "Our ability to obtain new funding and to attract high quality researchers and students is a direct result of our HPC program."
"OSCER's adoption of Platform LSF site-wide lays the groundwork for the development of new and unique opportunities for OU's HPC program," said Jim Johnson, vice president of marketing, Platform Computing. "Schools can intelligently manage large compute workloads across hardware in many different locations. This will minimize the previous high cost of expanding their existing grid and maintaining underused machines."
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