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Massachusetts Offers a New Model for Academic HPC.

HPC Wire (05/29/12) Robert Gelber

 Several universities in Massachusetts will share high-performance computing (HPC) resources in a unique facility model by the end of the year.  The Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) will feature terascale hardware and the necessary infrastructure to enable its users to remotely access computing resources, including power, network, and cooling systems.  University members include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Boston University, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts system, and they must develop new strategies of implementation.  The universities will provide their own hardware and migrate research to the $95 million center.  MGHPCC executive director John Goodhue says the challenge will be to make the physical hardware act as a set of private local machines for the various users.  He says high-bandwidth network pipes and machine virtualization should make that possible.  The center could serve as the model for future HPC collaboration if it proves to be a success, but Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Francine Berman says “social engineering of the stakeholders is dramatically difficult.”  Potential challenges may entail MGHPCC’s ability to generate groundbreaking research and papers versus expanding its user base, which usually receives less attention.

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