Grant establishes UAH as high-performance computing hub

Consortium will include 10 Alabama schools

Dr. Vladimir Florinski. (Michael Mercier/UAH).

A two-year grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation will establish the University of Alabama in Huntsville as the hub for a statewide high-performance computing group.

“This funding will allow us to establish a high-performance computing facility to serve a consortium of 10 Alabama universities, both public and private,” says Vladmir Florinski, the principal investigator for the effort that attracted $972,261 from NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

“As the host site, UAH will ultimately have control over the hardware design, use policy and resource allocation,” said Florinski, a professor of space science and researcher at UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research.

Prior to bringing the new facility online, a series of network bandwidth tests will be performed to determine connection speeds between the hub and its users. UAH’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and CSPAR personnel will work with UAH’s Office of Information Technology at each campus to optimize routing to achieve the best throughput possible.

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