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The OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research, a division of OU Information Technology, helps undergraduates, grad students, faculty and staff to learn and use advanced computing in their science and engineering research and education.

Latest News

Apr 7 2014: Internet2 has appointed OSCER Director Henry Neeman to their new High Performance and Research Computing Program Advisory Group.

Apr 6 2014: The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2014 announces our keynote speaker, Irene Qualters, recently appointed as the Division Director for the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

Jan 2 2014: OneNet has posted a story about the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN).

Dec 1 2013: See a video about OU's Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms at Intel's booth at the SC13 supercomputing conference (see 3:50-6:39).

Oct 8 2013: Read a Dell case study about Boomer here.

Sep 10 2013: OU IT has been named to the 2013 InformationWeek 500, specifically #39 on the Top 250 list. Read an article about OU IT.

Sep 4 2013: Oklahoma has been awarded a National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) networking grant.
 
This grant, the "OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN)," will deploy a "Science DMZ" dedicated research network shared by OU, Oklahoma State U, Langston U and the Tandy Supercomputing Center (part of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute and OneNet, Oklahoma's education, research and government network. OFFN will include a dedicated 10G circuit shared among the four institutions.
 
At OU, the collaboration is led by Information Technology and includes faculty in the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science, the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the School of Meteorology, the Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms, and the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics & Astronomy.
 
At OSU, the collaboration is led by the OSU High Performance Computing Center, part of the Office of the Vice President for Research & Technology Transfer, and includes the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
 
At Langston U, the collaboration is jointly led by the Department of Technology and the Department of Mathematics.
 
The grant is for $499,961 and starts Oct 1 2013.

July 9 2013: Read an article about OU's use of Linux.

June 1 2013: Oklahoma's new National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 grant, "Adapting Socio-ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability," has begun. The press release is here.

March 11 2013: The National Science Foundation has appointed OSCER Director Henry Neeman to their Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure.

Jan 14-18 2013: We're moving Boomer to the new data center in Four Partners Place this week.

Oct 25 2012: Read a case study about Boomer.

Aug 13-17 2012: This week, we're hosting a tutorial workshop sponsored and run by the Virtual School of Computational Science & Engineering on Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Many-core Processors.

Aug 14 2012: Read a case study about the Oklahoma PetaStore.

Aug 6-9 2012: We held a Blue Ribbon review of all Research IT activities and plans this week. It was extremely helpful.

July 29 - Aug 4 2012: We hosted a tutorial workshop sponsored and run by the National Computational Science Institute on Introduction to Parallel Programming & Cluster Computing.

July 10-13 2012: We hosted a tutorial workshop sponsored and run by the Virtual School of Computational Science & Engineering on Programming Heterogeneous Parallel Computing Systems.

May 25 2012: Watch a video of Boomer's ribbon cutting.

May 23 2012: Sooner has been completely decommissioned and will no longer be available.

April 30 2012: 13 of the 14 racks of compute nodes from Dell's "Merge Center" have arrived. See pictures here.

March 26 2012: The first components for OSCER's new cluster supercomputer, Boomer, have begun to arrive.

March 20 2012: The purchase orders for OSCER's new cluster supercomputer, Boomer, have been sent.

Jan 26 2012: The OU Board of Regents has approved the purchase of OSCER's new cluster supercomputer, Boomer.

April 6 2011: The Oklahoma PetaStore's TS3500 tape library, of initially 2889 tape cartridge slots, with 100 slots initially populated with LTO-5 tape cartridges (roughly 150 TB), has arrived at the Stephenson Research & Technology Center.

April 4 2011: The Oklahoma PetaStore's DCS9900 disk system (rebranded DataDirect Networks S2A9900) of 1200 disk drive slots, with 300 slots initially populated with 2 TB SATA 7200 RPM disk drives (roughly 430 TB useable), has arrived at the Stephenson Research & Technology Center.

March 28 2011: OSCER has sent the purchase order for the Oklahoma PetaStore to IBM. The PetaStore will consist of (1) a DCS9900 disk system (rebranded DataDirect Networks S2A9900) of 1200 disk drive slots, with 300 slots initially populated with 2 TB SATA 7200 RPM disk drives (roughly 430 TB useable), and (2) a TS3500 tape library, of initially 2889 tape cartridge slots, with 100 slots initially populated with LTO-5 tape cartridges (roughly 150 TB).

January 26 2011: The OU Board of Regents has approved the purchase of the Oklahoma PetaStore from IBM.

August 31 2010: OSCER has been awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant: "Acquisition of Extensible Petascale Storage for Data Intensive Research," OCI-1039829, $792,925, Oct 1 2010 - Sep 30 2013. PI Henry Neeman (OSCER); Co-PIs Matthew Jensen (OU MIS), Michael Strauss (OU Physics & Astronomy), Xiangming Xiao (OU Botany & Microbiology), Ming Xue (OU Meteorology); Senior Personnel Edward Baron (OU Physics & Astronomy), Kendra Dresback (OU Civil Engineering & Environmental Science), Randall Kolar (OU Civil Engineering & Environmental Science), Amy McGovern (OU Computer Science), Robert Palmer (OU Meteorology), Dimitrios Papavassiliou (OU Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering), Horst Severini (OU Physics & Astronomy), Patrick Skubic (OU Physics & Astronomy), Theodore Trafalis (OU Industrial Engineering), Michael Wenger (OU Psychology), Ralph Wheeler (Duquesne University Chemistry & Biochemistry). Details are here.

August 25 2010: Oklahoma has been awarded a National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity (RII C2) grant: "Oklahoma Optical Initiative," EPS-1006919, $1,176,470, Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2012. PI Henry Neeman (OSCER); Co-PIs James Deaton (OneNet), Dana Brunson (Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center); Senior Personnel Ji He (Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation), Dale Schoenefeld (University of Tulsa), Joel Snow (Langston University), Michael Strauss (OU), Xiangming Xiao (OU), Ming Xue Ming Xue (OU). Details are here.

January 26 2009: Watch a video about OSCER (also on YouTube).
And here is another video about OSCER.

June 10 2006: OSCER director Henry Neeman has been named one of HPCwire's People to Watch 2006.

November 9 2005: OSCER has received a Small Grant for Exploratory Research from the National Science Foundation.

October 3 2005: The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2006 will be held the evening of Tue Oct 3 and Wed Oct 4 2006 at OU. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dan Atkins, head of the National Science Foundation's new Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Other plenary speakers will include Dr. Earl C. Joseph II, Program Vice President for High-Performance Computing at IDC and Dr. Stephen R. Wheat, Director of HPC at Intel.

April 20 2005: Topdawg has been delivered!

March 23 2005: The OU Board of Regents has approved the purchase of a large Xeon64 Linux cluster from Dell, to be named topdawg.oscer.ou.edu.

February 7 2005: OSCER will host a National Computational Science Institute summer workshop on Parallel & Cluster Computing Sun July 31 - Sat Aug 6 2005. Here's a link to last year's workshop materials.

November 29 2004: The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2005 will be held Wed Oct 5 2005, with a Parallel Programming workshop and a reception on Tue Oct 4 2005.

November 17 2004: OSCER will host a workshop sponsored by the Linux Clusters Institute Tue June 21 - Fri June 24 2005.

August 8-14 2004: OSCER is hosting a Parallel & Cluster Computing Workshop, sponsored by the National Computational Science Institute and the Shodor Education Foundation Inc.

June 30 2004: OSCER's Itanium2 cluster has arrived!

June 6 2004: Listen to OSCER on the radio! Click here and find the entry for June 6 2004 to learn more about OSCER on the radio show Oklahoma Innovations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST). The OSCER part of the show starts about 10 minutes in.

June 1 2004:
Oklahoma has joined the National Lambda Rail! NLR is an ultra high speed network, 100 times faster than the commodity Internet and 10 times faster than Internet2. Oklahoma's Lambda Rail system will provide connections between Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tulsa, with the primary node in Tulsa. Oklahoma is one of only two states in the southern Great Plains, along with Missouri, to get a Lambda Rail connection, and one of only 5 EPSCoR states, among 26 EPSCoR states and territories. National Lambda Rail

May 12 2004: Join us for the Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2004 at OU October 6-7.

March 30 2004: OSCER has joined the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation.

March 29 2004: OSCER has moved to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Research and Technology Center.

August 14 2003: The National Science Foundation has awarded OSCER a Major Research Instrumentation grant from a proposal titled "Acquisition of an Itanium Cluster for Grid Computing." The grant starts Sep 1 2003 and runs 3 years. Click here for details.

July 16 2003: The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2003 was held Thursday September 25 at OU, with a Parallel Programming Workshop held on Wednesday September 24. The keynote speaker was Peter Freeman, Assistant Director of NSF's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Other speakers included: Stephen Wheat, HPC Principal Scientist for Intel; Greg Monaco, Director for Research of the Great Plains Network; Jose Castanos of the Blue Gene/L team.

Feb 13 2003: OSCER will be moving to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Research and Technology Center when it opens in early 2004 (scheduled). Check out the webcam showing the construction site and some architectural drawings and the same in closeup. The drawing labeled "Interior and Level 1" or "Plan Level 1" shows OSCER's new machine room and office suite (the dark blue area at bottom center of the floorplan). Also, here's our proposed layout for the machine room (PDF and PNG).

Feb 6 2003: Retirement of the Cray J90: pictures

Jan 6 2003: OU Supercomputing Symposium 2003 Sep 25 on the OU Norman campus.

Dec 23 2002: Realtime Weather Forecasts from the Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms are now running on OSCER's Linux Cluster.

Dec 14 2002: OSCER's Linux Cluster gets 606.9 GFLOP/s! This makes Boomer the fastest supercomputer in the Big 12 and one of the top 25 fastest IA-32 clusters in the world.

 

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Boise State University

High Performance Computing

Iowa State University/
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Scalable Computing Laboratory
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Kansas State University

Beocat

Louisiana State University

Center for Computational Technology

Louisiana Tech University

Institutional Analysis Center

Mississippi State University

Engineering Research Center/HPC Collaboratory

Montana State University

Research Computing Group

North Dakota State University

Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology

Oklahoma Innovation Institute/Tulsa Research Partners

Tandy Supercomputing Center

Oklahoma State University

OSU High Performance Computing Center

Rice University

Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology

Southern Methodist University

Center for Scientific Computation

Texas A & M University

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Texas State Technical College

High Performance Computing Associates Degree

Texas State University

High Performance Computing resources

Texas Tech University

High Performance Computing Center

University of Arkansas

Arkansas High Performance Computing Center

University of Central Arkansas

Callisto Cluster

University of Colorado

Research Computing

University of Houston

Research Computing Center

University of Iowa

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University of Kansas

Information & Telecommunication Technology Advanced Computing Center

University of Missouri

University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Holland Computing Center

University of New Mexico

Center for Advanced Computing

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Computational Research Center

University of North Texas

UNT HPC Initiative

University of Texas at Austin

Texas Advanced Computing Center

University of Wyoming

Advanced Research Computing Center
NCAR/Wyoming Supercomupting Center

Washburn University

HiPACE (High-Performance Academic Computing Environment)

Wichita State University

High Performance Computing Center

Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation
OSCER is a member of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation.

Xeon Sandy Bridge Linux Cluster

OU Condor Pool

IBM DCS9900 disk system

IBM TS3500 tape library

 

 


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