"Clemson is on the move in a big way", stated Jim Bottum, Clemson's vice provost and chief information officer. "This ranking shows tremendous progress toward Clemson's goal of becoming a top 20 public university; but even more important is how this enables and empowers our faculty, students and staff to conduct competitive, engaging and collaborative work in a global environment."
Jim Bottum said he was brought to Clemson to build a world-class cyberinfrastructure for education, research and service. However, he maintains that enabling learning and discovery is more than just offering compute cycles; it requires creating a collaborative environment where IT specialists work in partnership with faculty and students to create an advanced cyberinfrastructure that serves the needs of a multi-disciplinary set of programmes.
The Palmetto Cluster is an example of the collaborative partnerships driving Clemson's progress. It also enables research and other computationally intense work that could not be done prior to the development of the system.
"This ranking recognizes Clemson's new role as a leader in campus-based, high-performance computing systems", stated Jim Pepin, Clemson's chief technology officer. "Plus, our academic community is now equipped to compete for and win contracts and grants that were previously out of reach."
Since 1993, the Top500 list has been produced twice a year and is the most extensive survey of trends and changes in the global supercomputing arena.
The Palmetto expansion was supported in large part by funds from the National Science Foundation under NSF MRI awards #1228312 and #1126344.