The MGHPCC has been named one of the “world’s coolest, greenest data centers” by Network World magazine.
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) has become the first university research data center to receive a LEED® Platinum certification, the highest green building ranking. The MGHPCC is also one of only 13 data centers in the country to receive a Platinum certification. Computing centers are typically large users of energy.
Boston University is a partner in the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a collaboration of universities, industry, and the Massachusetts state government.
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) has received a $4.54 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) for a computer system to be used for research in the life sciences.
The grant ensures a strong life sciences program at the MGHPCC, which is operated by Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. Developed with financial support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco and EMC, the MGHPCC was conceived to support research by university faculty across all scientific disciplines and encourage collaboration among the participating institutions.
The new MLSC-funded system, called the Commonwealth Computational Cloud for Data Driven Biology, will be dedicated to enhancing life sciences research through large-scale computation and big data analytics.
- The Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts: Governor Patrick Announces Major Life Sciences Investment in Western Massachusetts
- MGHPCC Press Release: MGHPCC Receives $4.54 Million Grant from MSLC for Computer System for Life Sciences Research
- MassLive.com / The Republican: Gov. Deval Patrick announces life sciences funding at Holyoke Community College
- WGGB-DT Channel 40 Springfield (ABC) / 6 (Fox): Over $9 Million to Western Mass. for Life Science Programs
Several researchers from Boston University have been awarded seed grants through the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). These seed grants are intended to accelerate computational collaboration among the MGHPCC partner universities: Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts.
Of the six teams receiving grants, three include Boston University faculty:
- Designing Cloud and Big Data Platforms for Scientific and HPC Applications.
Orran Krieger (BU), Peter Desnoyers (Northeastern), Manuel Garber (UMass Worcester), and Prashant Shenoy (UMass Amherst) will explore how today’s cloud and Big Data platforms can be better tailored to handle Big Data while investigating ways to re-architect data intensive applications to exploit Big Data processing methods and cloud platforms.
- Computational Identification of Outcome-Associated DNA Alterations in Neuroblastoma.
Stefano Monti (BU) and Roberto Chiarlie (Harvard) will develop high-throughput sequencing techniques to identify novel DNA markers to inform treatment of Neurobastoma, one of the most common tumor-causing cancers in children.
- Genome-scale Characterization of Chromosonal Aberrations Using Parallelizable Compression Algorithms.
Dan Simovici (UMass Boston), Nurit Haspel (UMass Boston), David Weisman (UMass Boston) and Jennifer Rosen (BU) will develop new data compression techniques for large-scale data mining of next-generation DNA sequencing data to speed-up detection of large chromosomal aberrations that lead to cancer.
More detail: MGHPCC 2013 Seed Fund Awards Announced.
On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center officially opened for business. Governor Deval Patrick led the celebration, joined by researchers, educators, and industry officials from throughout the region. Learn more in the recent BU Today article and elsewhere in the media:
- Boston Herald: Bay State logs in super servers
- HPC Wire: Massachusetts Green HPC Center Opens
- Mass. Live: Holyoke marks grand opening of $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
- New England Cable News: Supercomputer center opens in Holyoke, Mass. (includes video)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for this Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. Governor Deval Patrick will lead the celebration, joined by speakers from a number of MGHPCC partner institutions and collaborators.
The New England Journal of Higher Education today published an article by Boston University President Robert A. Brown about MGHPCC, the importance of research computing, and a number of related initiatives and projects in Massachusetts.
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The 2012 Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) Seed Fund program is soliciting research proposals for computer and computational science. One page pre-proposals are due October 1. A Seed Fund Workshop will be held at BU on September 14 at the Hariri Institute from 1pm to 5pm.
Boston University faculty can now purchase research computing hardware at specially-negotiated prices, through IS&T’s research computing buy-in program.
For many years, the SCV group has allowed researchers to purchase additional hardware which SCV manages as part of the larger shared computing resources, but is priority scheduled for the researcher’s use. Recently, we have created a more formal model for this and are launching our first pilot program. This program, called “buy-in”, allows researchers to acquire additional, standardized hardware to support their individual research projects. The additional resources are integrated into the larger, SCV-maintained shared facility and managed centrally by the SCV group. The owners of the equipment are given priority access while any excess capacity is returned to the pool for general, shared use. The owners of the equipment determine the access and queuing policies for their portion of the facility. All other standard services are provided without charge.
A working group comprised of Boston University faculty and IT support staff from both the Charles River and Medical Campuses collaborated closely with Boston University Sourcing on a Request for Proposals that was sent to a small number of vendors, selected through a Request for Information this spring.
The buy-in working group considered a large number of systems, in order to offer a variety of systems designed both to meet specific computational needs, and to suit a wide range of budgets (including the desire to purchase this equipment as a capital expense). Six standard configurations are available through the buy-in program, with a variety of additional options as well.
Detailed information about the systems available through the buy-in program is available here. A limited number of systems will be available through the pilot buy-in program, due to space and power limitations on the Charles River Campus. Additional buy-in opportunities will be presented in 2013, as the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center becomes available for use.
A July 9, 2012 story in the Boston Globe discusses the many ways in which the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) incorporates energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly engineering.
Boston Globe: New data center focuses on using less energy
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), scheduled to begin operation in late 2012, is already proving to be a draw for new businesses in the Holyoke Innovation District.
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