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Open House Set for High-Performance Computing Cluster

February 17, 2004

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department will host a presentation of its Distributed and Parallel Computing Cluster beginning at 2pm on Monday, February 23.

CSE Professor Sharma Chakravarthy is the principal investigator for the cluster, a high-performance computing center for interdisciplinary research, with a major research instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is a collaboration of the Computer Science & Engineering and Physics departments at UTA and the Dermatology Group at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The open house commemorates the completion of Phase I of a three-year, $1,357,000 project to create a distributed-memory cluster system with 200+ processors linked to enormous amounts of storage – in the hundreds of terabytes (1012). Phase II of the project will add a shared memory multi-processor system and several terabytes of additional storage, enabling the system to handle the requests for service received from other departments. Both distributed-memory and shared-memory systems are needed as they serve different applications needed by the various research groups to solve problems that cannot be solved on individual or a small number of computers.

Dr. Chakravarthy believes that this project is the beginning of establishing UTA as a national-level, high-performance computing center. Plans are underway to seek additional funding over the next five years to add to the computing power of the facility and become part of a national computing grid.