Augusta University has invested $1 million in establishing the High-Performance Computing (HPC) Services Core, a joint university research initiative supported by Augusta University’s Department of Information Technology and the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.
The formation of the HPC Services Core is an extension of a provost-initiated effort to help researchers access and leverage high-performance computing.
An HPC cluster consists of computer servers connected together in a network and each server is called a node. The nodes in each cluster work together to increase processing speed and deliver high-performance computing. This advanced computing technology can enable or accelerate research in many fields, including computer science, cybersecurity, basic sciences, health sciences, data science, artificial intelligence, and others.
Establishing this core is a major investment that should serve as a catalyst for the on-campus research community. dr. Gagan Agrawal, the associate dean of research and graduate studies at the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, will serve as the founder and chief executive. The core will be supported by Lawrence Kearney and Mia Jolly in Augusta University’s research technology division.
“This is an exciting development for Augusta University and I am honored to be the founding core director,” said Agrawal.
The purpose of this new research core is to promote, enable and assist Augusta University’s research and cybersecurity missions by integrating advanced HPC technologies and services into its business service offerings. Systems that provide these services will be available to Augusta University researchers, educators, and staff across all scientific and academic disciplines.
The HPC cluster will have more than 1 petabyte of storage space, which is equivalent to 1,000 terabytes. Data stores of various sizes will be available to cluster users, but the cluster only supports unclassified data processing.
“I’m excited to see this important research cluster come to fruition with a top-notch computer scientist in Dr. Agrawal in charge,” said Dr. Michael Diamond, senior vice president for research at Augusta University. “This new offering will be an important asset to the Augusta University research enterprise, providing researchers with advanced technologies and services to continue their work.”
Researchers interested in participating can learn more about the cluster.