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ERIC Number: EJ842680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1553-7544
High-Performance Happy
O'Hanlon, Charlene
Campus Technology, v20 n8 p44-46, 48, 50, 52 Apr 2007
Traditionally, the high-performance computing (HPC) systems used to conduct research at universities have amounted to silos of technology scattered across the campus and falling under the purview of the researchers themselves. This article reports that a growing number of universities are now taking over the management of those systems and creating central HPC environments--a move that is returning benefits in time, money, and resources for both the university "and" its researchers. Notably, the movement of cyberinfrastructure to central management (which includes HPC, computer clusters, and the underlying network), has been gathering speed as more universities are making research a vital part of their institutional identity. Having central management of the university's cyberinfrastructure helps facilitate such pairings by pooling resources and creating a massive computing environment that wouldn't be as impressive--or useful--as separate clusters distributed throughout the campus. In addition, central management provides constant monitoring and upkeep that a smaller, privately owned cluster might not enjoy. Increased HPC capacity is but one advantage researchers have realized from central management. They have also discovered that the more mundane tasks of providing proper cooling, power, security, and IT support are no longer their problem, leaving them with more resources to devote to pure research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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