The NSF recently awarded IU’s Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) two grants totaling nearly $430,000 (touch for more >>)
Together, the grants will help develop a skilled HPC workforce and improve technologies that could make robots more useful in a number of areas, including manufacturing and surgery.
The first NSF grant totals nearly $200,000 and provides funding to develop an online HPC course to improve America’s reach in the little-tapped world of exascale computing. Exascale computing is the gold standard of all HPC, with a capacity of at least one exaflops, which is 1,000 times more powerful than the first petascale supercomputer from just five years ago. Few people are qualified to work with computers of this scale. CREST Executive Associate Director and Chief Scientist Thomas Sterling and his partner, CREST Director Andrew Lumsdaine, aim to change that with this course.
“There is a dearth of experts in computational sciences and in HPC systems design in this country, and we have to reverse that, or frankly it will have a negative economic impact on the nation,” Sterling said.