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National Science Foundation Awards Prof. Fisher Support To Acquire a State-of-the-Art Supercomputer For UMass Dartmouth

The National Science Foundation has awarded $199,480 to Robert Fisher, Assistant Professor of Physics, to acquire a cutting-edge supercomputer, which will become a shared research facility at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus. This supercomputer will harness the power of graphical processing units -- the same processing units existing in every computer and game machine --  to tackle challenging problems in astrophysics, applied mathematics, oceanography, and materials science. Fisher, the principal investigator of the grant, led a multidisciplinary team of  nine computational science and engineering faculty members on planning the facility and writing the proposal. This world-class team of researchers spans three colleges across the university, and includes Sigal Gottlieb (Mathematics), Cheng Wang (Mathematics), Gaurav Khanna (Physics), Geoffrey Cowles (SMAST), Amit Tandon (Physics), Saeja Kim (Mathematics), Alfa Heryudono (Mathematics), and Nima Rahbar (Civil Engineering). The supercomputer will be housed in the University data center in the library, and will be administered by the CITS Enterprise Computing Team led by Andrew Darling. An Internal Advisory Board will help plan and guide the use of the shared facility. This board will consist of Robert Peck, Dean of the College of Engineering, William Hogan, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, John Farrington, Interim Dean of the School for Marine Sciences and Technology (SMAST),  Anne Boisvert, Director of the University START program, and Lou Petrovic, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development.

The funds were allocated under a special National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program made possible by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Author: "Robert Fisher"
Date: 26-5-2010

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