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$27 Million Award Bolsters Research Computing Grid

University of Wisconsin-Madison (06/20/12) Chris Barncard

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently committed up to $27 million to the Open Science Grid (OSG), a nine-member partnership to advance distributed high-throughput computing capabilities at more than 80 sites.  “The commitment from the two agencies will take the capabilities and culture we’ve developed to more campuses throughout the United States,” says OSG researcher and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Miron Livny.  “It is about advancing the state of the art to support education and research in more science domains and improve our ability to handle more data.”  The Office of Science will contribute up to $8.2 million for distributed computing efforts based at DOE national laboratories.  The NSF will contribute the remaining balance of the funding, which will be used to promote distributed computing resources at U.S. universities.  “Our close partnerships allow us to build on existing experience in working with and processing big data and the advanced networks needed to transport the massive datasets of the future,” says OSG researcher Michael Ernst.

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