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Town hall set Dec. 3 on high-performance computing for research


2:50 p.m., Nov. 26, 2013--The University of Delaware is exploring the advantages of developing a Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) as a core facility and has scheduled a town hall meeting for the UD research community on the topic for Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in 131 Sharp Lab.

The Research Office would like to engage all potential users as early as possible to understand the needs of the user community and to discuss plans and progress to date.

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The town hall will include a discussion with Thomas Furlani, a computational chemist who is director of the Center for Computational Research (CCR) and interim associate vice president for information technology at the University at Buffalo. 

Furlani will provide an overview of the organization and the scope of activities of CCR and the New York State High Performance Computing Consortium, of which he is the founding member, as well as the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC).

Founded in 1989, CASC is an educational nonprofit organization with 75 member institutions representing many of the nation's most forward-thinking universities and computing centers. CASC is dedicated to advocating the use of the most advanced computing technology to accelerate scientific discovery for national competitiveness, global security and economic success, as well as develop a diverse and well-prepared 21st-century workforce.

Discussions of a CHPC at UD have arisen since the arrival of large supercomputing clusters on campus (such as Mills, Chimera and Sauron) containing thousands of computational cores and running advanced scientific codes for research and education. Also, an increasing number of UD researchers are interested in gaining access to remote facilities, such as those operated by the National Science Foundation through XSEDE.

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