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Loyola Faculty Win $280k Grant From National Science Foundation to Supercharge Research Computing Power Available on Campus

By Loyola ­niversity

September 20, 2016

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Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have received more than $280,000 from the U.S. National Science Foundation to build the university's first high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.

Previously, Loyola researchers had to rely on outside computing resources or only consider projects that could be studied within resource constraints.

"So many of the questions we're trying to answer today, and the problems we're trying to solve, require computationally-intensive modeling and programming that can be tremendously challenging on traditional desktop computers," says Loyola professor Megan Olsen.

She says the new system will consist of a network of multiple computers that can run numerous complex analyses simultaneously without compromising performance or speed. The HPC cluster, which could be operational by the end of this year, will significantly expand research and data analytics opportunities for faculty and student researchers.

Loyola faculty members and students interested in using the cluster for research will receive training, enhancing existing research and creating new opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.

"Our students will now have access to HPC cluster resources similar to what they would find at a large research university," Olsen says. "This is really the future in a lot of different fields."

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