OSC Requests Proposals for Second Phase of Cluster Ohio Project

To promote parallel computing among Ohio faculty, OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) is soliciting a second round of faculty research proposals. OSC will distribute Itanium (64-bit) systems to winning participants.

"OSC wants to create an environment for faculty members who are willing to port or develop software for parallel systems. To do this, OSC will provide a number of cluster systems to awardees," said Leslie Southern, Interim HPC Director. "We are looking for faculty proposals on software development for clusters of Itanium-based computer systems."

  • Research that highlights cluster-style parallel computingShared scientific visualization tools
  • Tools that will allow distributed computation over the network

Each time an OSC cluster system is upgraded, the existing system is separated and disseminated to winning participants. OSC provided a number of Pentium III systems to the first Cluster Ohio awardees in spring 2001, a total of 200 processors to ten universities.Faculty members from Ohio's higher education academic institutions (4-year and graduate programs) are eligible to apply for the Cluster Ohio grants. Faculty members are expected to make a commitment in the form of space, power, and basic system administration, to make any idle cycles available to Ohio's research community, and participate in a statewide Globus (or similar) environment.In return, OSC will provide the cluster systems complete with hardware, software programming environments, and maintenance to winning participantsThe deadline for Cluster Ohio proposals is January 31, 2003.

Additional information about Cluster Ohio is available at http://oscinfo.osc.edu/clusterohio/ or by contacting Barb Woodall at 614/292-3561 or woodall@osc.edu.