Rensselaer Supercomputer Director Named to National Initiative on High Performance Computing
Cyberinfrastructure Expert James Myers
To Join U.S. Council on Competitiveness HPC Advisory
James Myers, director of the Computational Center
for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, has accepted an invitation to join the
High Performance Computing (HPC) Advisory Committee of the U.S.
Council on Competitiveness.
The committee seeks to stimulate and facilitate wider usage
of HPC across the private sector to propel productivity,
innovation and competitiveness. Its goals include identifying
private sector HPC applications needs and priorities, as well
as outlining the workforce education and training needed to
integrate HPC in the private sector.
“Understanding and overcoming the barriers to greater use of
high-performance computing in industry, particularly at the
scale required to drive innovation and the creation of new
products and new jobs, is critical for our national
said. “I’m excited to be able to bring the experiences and
lessons-learned from our public-private partnership and
successful industry projects in New York into this important
CCNI, in partnership with the Rensselaer Scientific
Computation Research Center (SCOREC) and New York
state’s High Performance Computing Consortium (HPC2), works with New
York state companies to develop and use massively parallel
computational methods to support optimization of current
products and the development of next-generation technologies.
These partner companies include Xerox, ITT Gould Pumps, and
Corning. CCNI and its partners provide expertise, training, and
support in addition to computational resources to enable
companies to effectively bring new capabilities to bear on
their business-driven technical challenges.
The Council on Competitiveness
is a non-partisan, non-governmental group of corporate CEOs,
university presidents, and labor leaders working to ensure U.S.
prosperity and enhanced U.S. competitiveness in the global
economy. The organization generates innovative public policy
solutions aimed at creating of high-value economic activity in
the United States.
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann
Jackson currently serves as
university vice chair for the Council on Competitiveness,
and is a member of the leadership council of the Council’s
United States Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative.
The Rensselaer supercomputing center, CCNI, is a $100
million partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and New York
state. CCNI is among the world’s most powerful university-based
supercomputers, and is considered a top academic supercomputer
center internationally. The center is committed to hastening
the advance of ever-shrinking computer chips and other devices
that are designed and manufactured by the micro- and
Computational resources at CCNI support
at-scale modeling, simulation, and analysis in a broad spectrum
of computational science and engineering disciplines. CCNI
systems consist of massively parallel IBM Blue Gene
supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron
processor-based clusters, together providing more than 100
teraflops of computing power.
CCNI partners closely with SCOREC and HPC2. SCOREC is focused on the
development of the technologies necessary to enable multiscale
systems engineering. The center endeavors to create reliable
simulation technologies for engineers, scientists, medical
professionals, and other practitioners. Key research areas for
SCOREC include nanocomposites design and vascular disease
HPC2 is a partnership
between NYSERNet and supercomputing centers at Rensselaer,
Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the
University at Buffalo. Its goal is to increase New York state’s
competitiveness and foster economic development by providing
industry and academic institutions with high-performance
computing resources, including staff with expertise in modeling
and simulation. The partnership, funded by the New York State
Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR),
often connects small and local businesses to leverage the
computing power of CCNI.
For more information on CCNI and high-power computing
research at Rensselaer, see:
Contact: Michael Mullaney
Phone: (518) 276-6161