Research Grid for High-Performance and Data-Intensive Computing
Communicating, processing, analyzing, and displaying gigabytes to terabytes of data routinely at responsive intervals are increasingly critical challenges to forefront research in many domains of science and engineering. To address these critical challenges, the University of Florida is embarked on a campus-wide grid strategy in support of high-end computing for data-intensive research across a broad spectrum of disciplines. This effort is a faculty-led initiative by the university's HPC Committee under the auspices of the Office of Information Technology. Efforts are underway on the development of a grid supporting crucial research related to both large-scale applications and infrastructure. At the heart of this campus research grid is a new high-performance computing facility that provides a powerful baseline of computation and storage infrastructure for the grid coupled with high-speed communications. This center loosely binds existing resources in multiple independent facilities across campus for efficient and effective sharing of resources and is being constructed in three phases over several years with a focus on the physical sciences, engineering sciences, and health sciences, respectively. A concept diagram for this effort is shown below.
For more information on the HPC initiative at UF, please contact Professor Alan D. George, chair of the ITAC-HPC Committee.