ANNOUNCEMENTS - POSTED ON JUN 24, 2013
DICRE is intended to provide a new generation of advanced computing infrastructure at NDSU. The system will consist of tiered storage subsystems, a tape library subsystem serving policy-driven near-line active archive, and a heterogeneous distributed memory compute cluster.
When completed, the system will be used by NDSU faculty, students and staff for research in many computational research areas. NDSU undergraduate students will be integrated into several of the research projects and data-intensive computing will be incorporated into senior design projects. The award will provide opportunities for high school and undergraduate students, as well as students from underrepresented groups in computational research.
Twenty-five leading NDSU computational researchers contributed to the proposal to the National Science Foundation, which was in response to a competitive proposal solicitation. Professor Dinesh Katti, Civil Engineering, serves as principal investigator. Co-principal investigators include Martin Ossowski (CCAST Director), Anne Denton, Samee Khan, and Wenfang Sun. NDSU faculty contributing to the proposal include Cristinel Ababei, Iskander Akhatov, Adnan Akyuz, Bret Chisholm, Xeufeng Chu, Doğan Çömez, Sivaguru Jayaraman, Kalpana Katti, Svetlana Kilina, Ghodrat Karami, Muhammet Erkan Köse, Andrei Kryjevski, Juan Li, Simone A. Ludwig, William Perrizo, Saeed Salem, Alexander Wagner, Yechun Wang, Changhui Yan, Mijia Yang, and Mariusz Ziejewski.
“These facilities will allow researchers access to additional state-of-the-art research computing resources, where ‘big data’ analytics are transparently coupled to high-performance modeling and simulation environments,” said Ossowski. “What we are really excited about is that the system is designed to expand as NDSU’s computational needs grow, by using what’s called a ‘resort condominium model’ where individual researchers and research groups will be able to add their own hardware modules to DICRE, resulting in unprecedented economies of scale.”
“The success of the proposal illustrates the importance of computational science as a unifying driver to researchers across the university,” said Dinesh Katti, principal investigator for the successful proposal. “The rapid growth of computational power, along with important developments in computationally-driven science and engineering, has and will aid in major discoveries in a wide variety of fields.”
With gratefully acknowledged additional support provided by the NDSU Office of the Provost and the U.S. Department of Energy, the new system is expected to be available for use by NDSU researchers in the Fall of 2013.