A new supercomputer that went online this fall semester, called Cypress, "brings to us a whole new level of infrastructure that will make our current faculty members want to stay here, and it will also help us attract new faculty members", stated Nicholas Altiero, dean of the Tulane School of Science and Engineering.
At Tulane, Cypress will be used for sea-level rise calculations, brain injury research studies and other complex, data-heavy projects that need hefty computational power.
Charlie McMahon, vice president for information technology and chief technology officer, said the design of Cypress is similar to more powerful machines that are deployed at the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, making it easy for Tulane researchers to port their code to larger environments as their models grow larger and more complex.
Cypress puts Tulane in the elite group of universities in the United States that have high-performance computers on the TOP500 list, including the University of TexasAustin, Louisiana State University, Clemson University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of San Diego and Indiana University. Charlie McMahon said Cypress is comparable in speed to high-performance computers such as Carter at Purdue University.
"This system allows users to move seamlessly between Big Data analytics and traditional high-performance computing capabilities, enabling research", Charlie McMahon stated. "We hope to demonstrate to the university that by using this supercomputing capability, our researchers are able to tackle bigger and more complex problems, to publish more papers and win more research grants", Charlie McMahon stated.
Dell produced a video talking about Cypress, Big Data, supercomputers and the importance of high performance computation at Tulane.