A joint effort between several divisions made Saint Louis University's grant application to Silicon Mechanics stand out as the winner of a new High Performance Computing (HPC) research cluster. Silicon Mechanics received 190 applications from universities across the country, but SLU is the sole recipient of the advanced hardware. The new hardware means advanced research capabilities for the University
The next-generation hardware will be used by six research areas - Digital Humanities, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Business, and Computer Science - to expand on the University's research mission and attract additional researchers to SLU.
Keith Hacke, interim CIO and vice president of Information Technology Services (ITS) at SLU, believes their application benefited from a collaborative effort between SLU's leading scientific researchers, the Division of Research Administration, the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations and ITS.
"We knew we would be competing with top research universities across the country for this grant and would need to make SLU stand out among nearly 200 applications," said Hacke. "To best explain how we would use the hardware, we needed to bring together several areas of research. This type of hardware is not used by just one division. It is used to expand research in multiple areas of Top 50 research institutions, and that's what SLU plans to become."
Some of the ways the various departments plan to use the hardware follow:
In short, the new research cluster, expected to be delivered to the University this week, will expand SLU's existing HPC infrastructure, lead to shorter simulation times and ultimately more research conducted.