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NMC's PRObE Center Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening

October 18, 2012
Time: 1 - 3 PM
Location: Los Alamos Research Park Conference Room 203A

The new PRObE (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment) Center is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a unique collaboration between Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Technical Institute, University of Utah and Carnegie Mellon University.

This ribbon-cutting event will celebrate the New Mexico Consortium’s two-year, $10 million partnership with the NSF and LANL in the culmination of building the world's first high performance computing research facility that allows computer scientists to test supercomputing operating systems at scale.  No other system in the world provides this ability at this scale.

Currently, high performance computing research is limited to using small clusters to test the systems they develop.  When supercomputers are built, they go directly into production for their intended application, such as climate modeling, leaving no time for systems researchers to try out new concepts in systems software like operating systems, network software, and storage software.  There have been no supercomputers available for computer scientists to work out issues with the operating systems or other systems software.  As supercomputers get larger and more complex, providing reliable and efficient system level software becomes a daunting task; without a place to test new concepts, advancement in high performance computing will be delayed.

The NSF awarded a $10 million grant for PRObE operations to the New Mexico Consortium in October of 2010.  The super-computer facility was completed a year later, in December 2011, with the help of local high school and college students.  The computers are now configured, and researchers worldwide may start applying to use the 2,048-node facility.

PRObE anticipates critical infrastructure needed to advance High Performance Computing systems research. Each new generation of supercomputer incorporates the outcomes of research performed across hundreds of institutions nationally and internationally.  This facility makes decommissioned LANL supercomputers available to this research community, allowing researchers to test models for next generation computing at scale for the first time.  This work drivesthe development of the supercomputers the nation uses to tackle critical national security issues and maintain our economic competitiveness.

Ribbon Cutting Event Agenda
1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Research Park Conference Room 203A

  • Welcome and Introductions, Katharine Chartrand, Executive Director, NMC
  • Background/Genesis of PRObE Center, Gary Grider, LANL HPC Division
  • Remarks by U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)
  • Remarks by NSF representative Keith Marzullo, CNS Division Director in CISE Directorate
  • Remarks by LANL Director Charlie McMillan
  • Remarks by Kevin Holsapple, LACDC
  • Remarks by UNM representative Susan Atlas
  • Remarks by CMU representative Tim McNulty
  • Closing remarks, ribbon cutting, photos and tours - Katharine Chartrand and Andree Jacobson

For more information, please contact Shannan Yeager, Director of Community Development, at 505-412-6898 or syeager@newmexicoconsortium.org

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