Catching the Computing Wave
By Suzanne Montague, Vice President of Information TechnologyResearch is a hot topic at UT Arlington. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is partnering with the Office of Research to provide researchers with high-performance computing tools and resources for those who require intensive number-crunching capabilities.
In the Spring of 2007, a new and improved High Performance Users Group was created to give researchers the opportunity to define needs and set the future for high performance computing services at UT Arlington. The group will meet at least twice a year (fall/ spring), with additional meetings as determined to be of value. Not only does the Users Group provide the ability to give input, it is an excellent setting to share information and perhaps generate ideas for future projects. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Users Group, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to add you to the Listserv so you can receive news and information about future meetings.
There are two excellent avenues for UT Arlington researchers to take advantage of high-performance computing services. The first option involves high-performance computing equipment at UT Arlington, where we have around 304 processors and 10 TB of aggregate storage. For more information, please visit http://hpc.uta.edu/. This fall, one of the topics of the High Performance User´s Group meeting will be the new equipment that was installed over the summer.
The second option is provided by the University of Texas Board of Regents, who funded a large computing system through the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), located at the J.J. Pickle facility at UT Austin. TACC has two large HPC systems available to UT Arlington researchers, Lonestar is available now and Ranger should be available in January 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/. Click on ´New Users´ to learn about the steps to request allocation of services from TACC.