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OSU awarded grant for "Cowboy" supercomputer

Wed, September 21, 2011

Dana Brunson in OSU’s High Performance Computing Center, which will soon make room for a new supercomputer named “Cowboy,” thanks to a $908,812 grant from the National Science Foundation.OSU awarded grant for “Cowboy” supercomputer

The National Science Foundation has awarded Oklahoma State University’s High Performance Computing Center a $908,812 grant to fund a cluster supercomputer to be named “Cowboy.” It will support computing-intensive research for students, faculty and staff at OSU, as well as researchers across Oklahoma, according to Dana Brunson, center manager.

“Our high performance computing needs at OSU have increased dramatically with usage up more than eight times in the last three years, so this NSF award is critical to provide the state-of-the-art infrastructure to support computer-intensive research and training for a broad variety of applications here and throughout the state,” said Brunson, who also serves as lead researcher on the project. Based on experience to date, Brunson expects the number of users for the new supercomputer to double every 12 months.

She compares the cluster supercomputer to a collection of personal computers joined by a network and software that allows them to work on problems much larger than any one of them could handle alone. “Installation can take from a few days to a few weeks and the supercomputer is accessed through a secure internet connection with free software that is readily available and comes standard on some PCs.”

Brunson, who also serves as co-chair for the upcoming Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium, says she’s looking forward to offering more specifics on the new cluster supercomputer at the conference set for Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. “Both the computer and the symposium are part of a broader mission set by the Oklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative to help everyone in the state use our computer resources.”