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Loyola faculty win $280K grant from National Science Foundation to supercharge research computing power available on campus

Loyola University Maryland

September 15, 2016


Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have been awarded a $280,120 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster that will exponentially expand research opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines.

Once in place, the HPC cluster will make essential computing power immediately available for research projects identified by the grant recipients in their proposal to NSF. Loyola researchers did not previously have this level of computing power available to them locally, and therefore would rely on outside computing resources—which could delay results—or largely consider projects that could be studied within existing resource constraints.

“So many of the questions we’re trying to answer today, and the problems we’re trying to solve, require computationally-intensive modeling and programming that can be tremendously challenging on traditional desktop computers,” said Megan Olsen, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science and principal investigator on the grant. “Our new HPC cluster will eliminate those resource barriers, significantly expanding opportunities for faculty research, faculty recruitment, and student research—all with the potential to advance knowledge, understanding, and innovation that extends far beyond the initial projects we are considering.”