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April 24, 2008

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The University of Texas at Tyler

High Performance Computer Cluster Comes to UT Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Computer Science recently collaborated to bring a High Performance Computing Cluster to campus, Dr. Rick Osburn, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced.

The HPCC is an interconnected system of several simple computers that together, using networks, can perform calculations at a rate that individual computers cannot.

“The HPCC can be used for intensive computing requirements in all research areas and both highly-parallel or completely non-parallel configurations. This new system has 24 nodes all interconnected by gigabit ethernet switches,” said Dr. Nary Subramanian, UT Tyler assistant professor in computer science. “Other UT components have this kind of system. As far as we know this is perhaps the first of its kind in the Tyler area."

Examples of problems requiring massively parallel computation systems include genetic analyses, polymer chemistry, simulations for physical problems, software verification and web-server load balancing.

“HPCC has the potential to bring researchers from diverse areas to collaboratively find solutions for difficult problems,” Subramanian added.

The Department of Computer Science will hold a tutorial and demonstration session of the HPCC to all College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty on Tuesday, April 29.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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