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Primeur weekly 2017-05-15

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NVIDIA ushers in new era of robotics, with breakthroughs making It easier to build and train intelligent machines ...

NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars ...

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud platform to simplify AI development ...

NVIDIA advances AI computing revolution with new Volta-based DGX systems ...

NVIDIA launches revolutionary Volta GPU platform, fueling next era of AI and high performance computing ...

NVIDIA to train 100,000 developers on deep learning in 2017 ...

NVIDIA paves path to AI cities with Metropolis Edge-to-Cloud platform for video analytics ...

NVIDIA Tesla accelerators on IBM Cloud demonstrate advanced performance for training deep learning models ...

BSC and NVIDIA a step forward to the interactive simulation of humans ...

Quantum computing

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered ...

Focus on Europe

EoCoE service page open for PRACE user community ...

Spring 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

PRACE to issue Annual Report 2016 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces 8.0 release - Setting new standard for automation and ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters and public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

CETIAT France chooses Bright Cluster Manager for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics HPC environment ...

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia is now available ...

Hardware

Cray delivers production-ready AI with new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers ...

Inspur to unveil 2U 8-GPU AI supercomputer at GTC 2017 ...

Inspur unveiled AIStation, AI deep learning training cluster management software at GTC 2017 ...

Supermicro systems deliver 170 Tflop/s FP16 of peak performance for artificial intelligence, and deep learning at GTC 2017 ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet helps replicate brain circuitry to direct a realistic prosthetic arm ...

University of Wyoming graduate student one of 36 selected for CyberGIS Summer School ...

Supercomputing mimics berkelium experiments to validate new find ...

'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials ...

Story of silver birch from genomic Big Data ...

Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost ...

Computer accurately identifies and delineates breast cancers on digital tissue slides ...

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants ...

New funding announced for Digital Earth Australia ...

NCSA releases annual report highlighting scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the Blue Waters Project ...

Supercomputer can disprove the theory of sunspot formation ...

The Cloud

Inspur to release InCloud OS 5.0 "F.A.S.T" at the 2017 OpenStack Summit ...

IBM extends data science collaborative workspace to the private Cloud ...

Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy

10 May 2017 Urbana-Champaign - The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has released a study detailing the current and projected economic impact of its Blue Waters project on Illinois' economy. The project manages the nation's most powerful sustained-performance supercomputer for open-science and its related workforce development and education programme. The study finds that the Blue Waters project - which is a joint investment between the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and related activities funded by the university, NSF and other federal agencies - has a projected $1.08 billion direct economic impact on Illinois' economy and will have created 5,772 full-time equivalent employment over the project's lifespan (October 2007 - June 2019).

Conducted by Dr. Sandy Dall'erba, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory and Associate Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the study calculated in 2015 values the project’s impact on the creation of economic output (production), employment (Full Time Equivalent, FTE), labour income, local and state tax revenues, and federal tax revenues.

The $1.08 billion in economic impact includes $487,143,813 in labour income from 5,772 FTEs, $56,477,093 in state and local taxes, $122,813,903 in federal taxes, and a $227,300,00 impact resulting from research grants awarded from granting agencies to Illinois researchers, faculty, and students because they had access to conduct research on Blue Waters. The study does not include additional economic and societal benefits coming from the significant amount of computer time provided to Illinois researchers, strategic projects, and industry, nor does it account for the workforce development activities of the Blue Waters project - as they are a magnet for recruiting expert talent to Illinois - or the impacts of the science, engineering and research results that can only be accomplished on the Blue Waters.

Another way to express these results is through a multiplier, a measure of the "bang for the buck". Over the project's lifespan (October 2007 - June 2019), Blue Waters' output multiplier is 1.864 - every $1 spent for BW-related activities leads to an additional $0.864 of production in the state economy - and its employment multiplier is 2.044 - every job created by BW-related activities leads to one additional job created in the state economy.

"My sincerest gratitude goes to the University of Illinois, the State of Illinois, and the National Science Foundation for supporting this critical project which is enabling us to better understand our world, improve quality of life, and develop the nation's advanced digital workforce", stated Dr. William "Bill" Gropp, NCSA interim director and co-principal investigator for the Blue Waters project. "State and federal support for advanced high-performance computing provides immediate economic impact for our communities and positions the United States to lead the world during a critical era for cyberinfrastructure and at the same time provide unique future contributions from the results Blue Waters enables."

Illinois was awarded the $360 million Blue Waters project through an NSF Request for Proposal process in 2007. The construction of the National Petascale Computing Facility (NPCF), a state-of-the-art computing and data centre housing the system, was made possible by investments of $60 million by the State of Illinois and $87 million by the University of Illinois' Urbana campus. The construction of the NPCF alone (July 2008-June 2012) generated about $131.7 million in total impact on Illinois' economy, which includes the creation of 701 direct and indirect jobs, ranging from construction, to technical, to administration. The construction generated $4.3 million in local and state taxes and $9.6 million in federal taxes.

"Illinois is proud to have partnered with the National Science Foundation to support this bold endeavor to create leadership-class resources for researchers in Illinois and around the nation", stated Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus. "NCSA has once again proven its ability to excel at stewarding major infrastructure investments and scientific innovations. We intend to continue leading the nation in high-performance computing."

The Blue Waters project, which has just completed its fourth full year of full service operations, is a key resource for recruiting and retaining world-class researchers and academic professionals. Since the project went online in April of 2013 until the study began in June 2016, it has supported 1,892 direct and indirect jobs and $177.9 million in labor income throughout the State of Illinois. The presence of Blue Waters during this period created a total of $20.9 million in local and state taxes and $41.8 million in federal taxes. The full operation and maintenance has generated a total impact of nearly $380.4 million, $227.3 million of which is due to research grants awarded to faculty with Blue Waters computing allocations.

The resulting overall direct economic impact sums to $1.08B for Illinois along with all the other benefits to the state, the university and nation the Blue Waters project brings.

"I applaud NCSA for its successfully stewardship of Illinois' financial support that has enabled this best-in-class education program and resources for Illinois students and researchers", stated Rep. Kelly Burke (D-36), chair of the Illinois House of Representatives Higher Education Appropriations Committee.

The report's executive summary, including methodology, is publicly available for download .
Source: National Center for Supercomputing Applications - NCSA

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-05-15

Special

NVIDIA ushers in new era of robotics, with breakthroughs making It easier to build and train intelligent machines ...

NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars ...

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud platform to simplify AI development ...

NVIDIA advances AI computing revolution with new Volta-based DGX systems ...

NVIDIA launches revolutionary Volta GPU platform, fueling next era of AI and high performance computing ...

NVIDIA to train 100,000 developers on deep learning in 2017 ...

NVIDIA paves path to AI cities with Metropolis Edge-to-Cloud platform for video analytics ...

NVIDIA Tesla accelerators on IBM Cloud demonstrate advanced performance for training deep learning models ...

BSC and NVIDIA a step forward to the interactive simulation of humans ...

Quantum computing

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered ...

Focus on Europe

EoCoE service page open for PRACE user community ...

Spring 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

PRACE to issue Annual Report 2016 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces 8.0 release - Setting new standard for automation and ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters and public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

CETIAT France chooses Bright Cluster Manager for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics HPC environment ...

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia is now available ...

Hardware

Cray delivers production-ready AI with new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers ...

Inspur to unveil 2U 8-GPU AI supercomputer at GTC 2017 ...

Inspur unveiled AIStation, AI deep learning training cluster management software at GTC 2017 ...

Supermicro systems deliver 170 Tflop/s FP16 of peak performance for artificial intelligence, and deep learning at GTC 2017 ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet helps replicate brain circuitry to direct a realistic prosthetic arm ...

University of Wyoming graduate student one of 36 selected for CyberGIS Summer School ...

Supercomputing mimics berkelium experiments to validate new find ...

'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials ...

Story of silver birch from genomic Big Data ...

Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost ...

Computer accurately identifies and delineates breast cancers on digital tissue slides ...

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants ...

New funding announced for Digital Earth Australia ...

NCSA releases annual report highlighting scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the Blue Waters Project ...

Supercomputer can disprove the theory of sunspot formation ...

The Cloud

Inspur to release InCloud OS 5.0 "F.A.S.T" at the 2017 OpenStack Summit ...

IBM extends data science collaborative workspace to the private Cloud ...

Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand ...