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Date:10/18/2011

dle such a large research load in a timely manner.

Beocat has about 400 users working on research in areas such as life sciences, genetics, chemistry and agriculture. Some of the supercomputer's projects have involved: looking at the flowering time of plants; understanding how water policies and practice changes affect the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas; and collaborating with the University of Kansas and the University of Oklahoma to study the effects of carbon flux and species migration.

Additionally, the supercomputer's work fits in with the university's 2025 vision, Andresen said. Having better on-campus resources, such as an upgraded supercomputer, will help faculty members produce more accurate and cost-effective research.

"This type of capacity will drive lab experiments as well as provide simulations," Andresen said. "Research now involves theory, lab work and simulation, which is computer driven. This upgrade will help with simulation because you can model things first that might be very expensive before you actually apply them."

Not only does the supercomputer help scientists and researchers at Kansas State University, but researchers at colleges throughout the state of Kansas -- including Emporia State University, Benedictine College and Bethany College -- are also able to use the supercomputer.

"This supercomputer allows faculty to have better access to getting research done with their research dollars," Andresen said. "It will also enable us to reach out and really have an impact on the community colleges and four-year institutions throughout the state. This will also help the Kansas work force because we are going to be graduating more people who actually know how to use these cutting edge technologies."

The group will start installing the upgraded equipment in the spring semester. The upgrade will involve faculty as well as students, particularly Adam Tygart, sophomore in computer science, Manh
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Contact: Daniel Andresen
dan@k-state.edu
785-532-6350
Kansas State University
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