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High Performance Computing Takes Off at UH
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by Sue Brown
ITS Systems Engineer, Winston Dang

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a practice that is rapidly growing at UH. Two major initiatives are available to UH faculty, staff, and students to assist advancement in HPC technology, education, and training at UH.

UH manages the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), and has an Educational Partnership Agreement in place that enables UH faculty, staff, and students to utilize the Center's resources. These resources include Squall, a 32-node cluster, Tempest, a two-partition IBM SP/RS6000 SP computer, and Huinalu, 384-processor IBM Netfinity Linux Supercluster. UH has recently awarded five student engagement grants to students in different technical areas for work on MHPCC computers to further research at their UH campuses. Next summer we plan to also offer internships at MHPCC for students from any of the UH campuses and from all levels of college study.

University of Hawaii is also a partner in the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Office (HPCMO) Programming. Education, and Training (PET) program. Educational opportunities for students, faculty summer visits, and technology transfer support are available through this program. In addition to Summer Intern programs, at which we had a student participate this year, the PET program sponsored a two-week summer program for UH students to learn about HPC, building clusters, and scientific visualization.

To find out more about HPC at UH go to: or to get on the UH email list for HPC news and events, contact Dr. Susan T. Brown at

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