Strategic Research Computing Initiative
A high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure enables WSU researchers to advance the frontier of knowledge in several fields of science. It allows them to analyze and share large amounts of data and conduct collaborative research.
To integrate HPC into existing and future academic and research activities, WSU is launching an ambitious strategic initiative in research computing across the university system.
The initiative has 3 aims:
- To build a cyber infrastructure that is responsive to and anticipates the needs of WSU researchers
- To focus on “signature” science applications that reflect WSU’s research priorities, as articulated in the Grand Challenges
- To forge strategic regional partnerships, recruit top faculty, and develop transformative education and training programs
Building a cyber infrastructure that anticipates research needs
With support from recently awarded grants, WSU is investing in computing to accelerate scientific and data-intensive research.
A new home for big data
Genomics and bioinformatics researchers at WSU’s Pullman and Spokane campuses can fast-forward their investigations, thanks to a new high-performance data storage and transfer system. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program in 2014, the system will support researchers’ “big data” needs.
Increasing the speed of science
A 2014 campus cyber-infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling WSU to establish a High-Speed Scalable Research Core (HSSRC) to access wide-area science services and software-defined networking environments. The HSSRC will catalyze new multidisciplinary research applications. It will allow researchers to analyze data from simulations and instruments more rapidly and efficiently. What’s more, deployment of an HSSRC at WSU supports the training of the next generation of scientific leaders. It will enable them to build knowledge and experience in a broad range of modeling and simulation disciplines and “big data” science.
Focusing on science applications that reflect research priorities
WSU’s initial high-performance computing applications support investigations in the following areas:
Genomics, genetics, bioinformatics, agriculture
- Evolutionary genomics
- Biomedical genomics
- Crop genomics
- Breeding research
- Software platform for next generation data analysis and sharing
Physics, materials science and engineering, chemistry and biochemistry
- Materials genomics
- Computational design of materials
- Materials for clean energy
- Materials in extreme environments
- Actinide chemistry
- Nuclear theory
- Computational astrophysics
Atmospheric and environmental research
- Air quality forecasting
- Numerical weather prediction
- Regional-scale earth system modeling
- Watershed integrated systems dynamics modeling
Smart energy grid
- Power system analysis
- Control enhancement
- Demand management
- Cyber-physical security to power infrastructure
- Biomedical genomics
- Systems pharmacology
Education and training
- Computational science
- Computer science
- Data science
- Artificial intelligence
- High-performance computing training
Forging partnerships, recruiting top faculty, and advancing education and training
WSU is teaming with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington to create a regional hub of expertise in high-performance computing, as well as simulation and data science. The collaboration will give scientists an edge in addressing scientific and societal challenges.
Building “big data” partnerships
WSU researchers have joined with top minds nationwide to develop an open-source toolkit for online genomic and genetic databases. The project is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. The toolkit will provide a common infrastructure to transfer large datasets quickly, expediting discovery.