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Tuesday, November 8 • 9:00am - 10:30am
A PetaFLOPS supercomputer as a campus resource: innovation and impact

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In 1997, Indiana University (IU) began a purposeful and steady drive to expand the use of supercomputers and what we now call cyberinfrastructure. In 2001, IU implemented the first 1 TeraFLOPS supercomputer owned by and operated for a single university in the United States. Subsequently, in 2013, IU made a similar achievement at a 1 PetaFLOPS level: Big Red II, a Cray XE6/XK7, was the first supercomputer capable of 1 PetaFLOPS (theoretical) performance.

Supercomputing plays a strong role in IU’s competitiveness for contracts and grants funding. The facilities and grants income from the teams that use Big Red II more than pays for the system costs itself. Currently, 176 disciplines and subdisciplines are represented on Big Red II with a wide variety of usage needs.

Indiana University has scaled up its resources and the use of its supercomputers across traditional and nontraditional disciplines. The critical learning from our experience is how such centrally-managed high performance computer systems can be used to foster innovation across many disciplines. The techniques we employed to achieve utility across the broad user community can be applied to campuses of many sizes and shared supercomputers and clusters of many sizes. Our primary goal in this paper and presentation will be explaining how you can foster innovation at your home campus, no matter what size of a cluster or supercomputer you can afford (and even if you can’t afford any locally).

Session Chair
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Pedro Soto

Managing Director, TOPdesk
Helping IT Help Desk leaders in Higher Education who care and believe they can make their organizations stronger today. IT Service Desk leaders in Higher Education have 3 points of leverage to influence the quality of service they provide to their organization: their people, processes... Read More →


Matt Allen

Indiana University
Indiana University
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Ben Fulton

Indiana University
I have an MS in bioinformatics and work in the Scientific Applications group at Indiana University

David Y. Hancock

Indiana University
Indiana University
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Robert Henschel

Director, Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University
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Matt Link

Associate Vice President, Research Technologies, Indiana University
Matt Link is associate vice president for UITS Research Technologies and a center director for the Pervasive Technology Institute. Link has been with IU and UITS for more than 20 years and has worked at all levels of the organization. He has a wide range of experience in higher education... Read More →
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Craig A. Stewart

Indiana University
Indiana University

Abhinav Thota

Indiana University
Indiana University

Jenett Tillotson

Indiana University
Indiana University

Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Crestone A 1420 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80202

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