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Big data, high performance computing and research: Learn about the possibilities

Wed, November 02, 2016
Big data, high performance computing and research: Learn about the possibilities

There have been few technologies in the last decade that have changed the world of research more than high performance computing and the teams that facilitate its use. Many research universities, including Oklahoma State University, now offer cyberinfrastructure for researchers across a variety of disciplines. To introduce these resources, a panel discussion featuring OSU faculty is set for Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in 416 Student Union.

In this VPR Panel Series: Discovery through Big Data & High Performance Computing, join several OSU researchers who will talk about their research and how each of them utilize big data and high performance computing in unique ways.  The program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

“There’s been a tremendous uptick in researchers from a variety of disciplines that need computing and data resources,” said Dr. Dana Brunson, assistant vice president for research cyberinfrastructure and director of OSU’s High Performance Computing Center (HPCC). Brunson will moderate the panel. “The panel will provide an opportunity for all to learn more about OSU’s research computing resources and the new discoveries made possible by them.”

  • Panel members:
  • Dr. Phil Alderman, plant and soil sciences
  • Dr. Baski Balasundaram, industrial engineering and management
  • Dr. Andrew Doust, plant biology, ecology and evolution
  • Dr. Chris Fennell, chemistry

Each of the panelists will describe their use of computational and data resources to expand their ability to explore their fields of study. Student, faculty and staff researchers are invited to attend the panel to learn more about how they can use these resources.

The HPCC has been awarded multiple National Science Foundation grants to expand the center’s supercomputer capabilities. A new, more powerful, supercomputer called Pistol Pete will be deployed in 2017. Pistol Pete will more than quadruple the computational ability of Cowboy, the current supercomputer, and provide more than ten times the data storage. Cowboy will remain in service.

For panel information and to learn more about the High Performance Computing Center at OSU visit

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