A robust community of computational researchers
UW’s Academic Plans have and continue to target computational science as a focus area, which has resulted in the hiring of over 30 faculty whose research is highly computational in nature.
- Excellent connectivity
NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center
UW is one of the founding members of the Front Range Gigapop (FRGP), which currently provides 10Gb/sec bandwidth connectivity between UW and other Colorado universities and institutes including NCAR, and provides an excellent gateway to the XSEDE resources. An additional 10 Gb/sec connection runs between UW and the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) and connects to the Bison Loop of the FRGP.
- Significant Allocations on a Tier 1 Supercomputer
The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) is a petascale, supercomputing center designed to maximize data-intensive science that opened in October 2012. The Wyoming legislature’s $40M investment in the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputer Center (NWSC) provides UW Earth, Atmospheric Science researchers with a 20% allocation of the NWSC resource for the next 20 years. For more information about allocations for Wyoming researchers can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/nwsc.
- A new campus IT facility
UW recently opened its new $34M IT facility, which houses a state-of-the-art student computing lab and a $6M, 6,000 ft2 data center with Tier II+ redundancy.
- A UW Research Computer
3-D Visualization Center
The University of Wyoming has recently developed a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure plan that includes strategic, sustained investments (of at least $1 million/year) in the networking, hardware, and personnel to support computationally enabled research. Mt. Moran (an approximately 90 TFLOPS high performance cluster for modeling, data analysis and data-mover nodes, a shared pool of 350TB of network attached high performance disks) was installed in November 2013. The system leverages existing resources and allow faculty to use research funds to add capacity or capabilities. This campus research computer is available to all faculty and research groups across campus, and currently has over 150 users. More information about Mt. Moran is available here.
- Research IT Support
A cadre of IT specialists designed to enable faculty and student research is being developed through consolidation, re-organization, and new positions (including a storage expert and applications specialists). Currently there are 3 specialists with plans to hire two more in Fall 2013.
- A state-of-the-art Visualization Center
UW’s Energy Innovation Center, opened in June 2013, and houses the Shell Visualization Center, a state-of-the-art visualization center that will enable data-intensive science, and engineering research by transforming massive data sets into representations and patterns that people can work with. This center will provide UW researchers with a broad range of visualization technologies ranging from desktop visualization software to an immersive 10' by 10' by 10' cave for 3D, interactive visualizations. The Visualization Center will be completely integrated with three targeted support staff fully integrated into IT. The vendor, Mechdyne, is partnering with UW to use this visualization center and UW expertise to develop and test new visualization technologies and software.