A little over a year ago our campus created a new position to provide leadership and coordination for research computing activities in support of CU-Boulder becoming a national leader in the area of research computing. As the new school year begins, our campus has a fully engaged research computing group led by Director of Research Computing, Thomas Hauser. The resources managed by the staff of Research Computing include a research computing cluster, a campus network for data intensive science, a National Science Foundation funded peta-scale storage library in its initial stage, and a supercomputer which ranks among the world’s fastest.
The Dell-based supercomputer, which recently passed acceptance testing, was funded mainly by a National Science Foundation grant and CU-Boulder, with contributions from NCAR, CU-Denver and multiple departments and researchers. Computational research on this machine will include among other things climatology, oceanography, meteorology, land surface dynamics, genomics, structural biology, microbial ecology, renewable energy applications, turbulence, laser-plasma acceleration and a large variety of additional computational science and engineering applications.
From now until October 1, the supercomputer will be in a pre-production phase, which will allow use of the computer unconstrained by allocations. Following the pre-production phase, a portion of usage of the supercomputer will be based on allocation according to funding sources but the remaining amount of time will be allocated to faculty, researchers and students. The vision for this powerful research instrument is to allow unfettered access to all researchers, including students, in a way that furthers the innovative research activities and mission of our campus.
The campus’s Research Computing group is composed of a highly experienced team of research computing engineers, system administrators, analysts, consultants and other support professionals. The team can help you do everything from data management and software development, to deploying high performance computing environments and utilization. You can learn more about their systems and services at https://www.rc.colorado.edu/resources.
We encourage you to get connected with the campus research computing community by attending one of the monthly research computing community meetings, joining the online research computing forum at https://www.rc.colorado.edu/forum, signing up for one of the research computing mailing lists at https://www.rc.colorado.edu/connect/mailinglists, or tapping into the expertise and consulting services. You can learn more about Research Computing and keep up on research computing news at https://www.rc.colorado.edu/.