North Dakota University System
NDSU joins two national computing groups

Posted on 1/12/2018

The NDSU Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology has joined two nationally distributed computing groups - the Open Science Grid and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, known as XSEDE.

Local center users will benefit by having access to additional processing power.

The Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology is the high-performance computing center and research unit housed within the NDSU office of Research and Creative Activity. It provides high performance computing infrastructure for the NDSU campus and NDSU Research and Technology Park by engaging in computational scientific discovery across energy, materials, environment, genomics and other areas of national priority.

"The additional capacity we will gain as an Open Science Grid and XSEDE member organization will vastly increase power and variety of the computer-based computational tools we can offer to NDSU researchers," said Dane Skow, center executive director. "The result will be a reduction in the time required for computationally-intensive projects."

Kelly A. Rusch, vice president for research and creative activity, said, "While these agreements have great benefits for our researchers, they are also an indication of our ability to partner with the larger national research community. Since joining NDSU only two months ago, Dr. Skow has had an immediate impact on CCAST. The experience he brings will continue to strengthen our leadership in regional supercomputer and processing capabilities."

Jointly funded by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, the Open Science Grid is a partnership of cyberinfrastructure resources across the nation designed to meet the needs of research and academic communities of all sizes in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. XSEDE is a National Science Foundation-funded virtual organization that coordinates sharing of advanced digital services with the nation's science researchers.

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