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Green 'Oakley Cluster' to double OSC computing power
Date:3/19/2012

r users of OSC's resources have focused on research in the areas of the biosciences, advanced materials, energy and the environment.

The new system arrived Dec. 28 on the west campus of The Ohio State University, where engineers have been working to assemble the complex system, install various software packages and test-run the system by allowing access to a few selected "power users." Earlier, the engineers made room for the Oakley Cluster by removing the older half of the Glenn Cluster, which in December logged its 150 millionth hour of computational use by OSC clients.

"A recent survey of Ohio universities indicated that researchers who leverage OSC resources annually garner more than $140 million in research funding a huge return on investment for the state," explains Ashok Krishnamurthy, interim co-executive director of the center and senior director of research. "And, as we deploy each powerful, new computational system, we see our researchers react by leveraging even more sophisticated applications to analyze even larger data sets to solve even more complex science and industrial problems."

Among many OSC initiatives that will benefit from the features of the new system are the Blue Collar ComputingTM (BCC) program and the virtual Ralph Regula School of Computational Science. One of the center's most pioneering projects, BCC provides high performance computing for small- and mid-sized companies that do not have the time, money, or expertise to invest in supercomputing resources. The Ralph Regula School, developed through funding from the National Science Foundation, coordinates computational science education programs statewide that lead to a baccalaureate minor, an associate degree concentration and a workforce certification.

"The school empowers the workforce with the computational science knowledge and skills for additional employment and advanced education opportunities," said Steven Gordon, interim co-executive dir
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Contact: Mr. Jamie Abel
jabel@osc.edu
614-292-6495
Ohio Supercomputer Center
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