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UH Assumes Management of Maui High Performance Computing Center
by David Lassner

On October 1, 2001, UH assumed management responsibility for the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC). UH operates and manages the MHPCC for the Air Force Research Lab under a new contract with an initial base term of four years and three optional two-year extensions based on performance. The total value of the contract over 10 years is estimated at $181 million, which would make it the University's largest contract ever. UH competed for the contract during a federal procurement process of over a year. The Center was formerly managed by the University of New Mexico, which had established the Center from the ground up beginning in 1993 and operated it for the full eight-year term of their initial cooperative agreement.

The University of Hawaii team for MHPCC consists of UH as the prime contractor with two major subcontractors, Boeing Rocketdyne Technical Services and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The UH Team also works with the Ohio Supercomputer Center, New Mexico Tech, and Textron. MHPCC is home to a very large IBM Linux cluster that was the most powerful system of its kind in the world when unveiled in February 2001, and an IBM SP system that was just rated as one of the top 25 supercomputers in the world. Overall, the center is one of the top 20 supercomputing sites in the world and is the second most powerful center in the US Department of Defense.

Over the past several months the UH Team has been preparing for the transition, which was successfully inaugurated with 24x7 operations beginning at midnight on the first day of the contract. Access to MHPCC assets will be somewhat more restrictive under the new management contract than under the former cooperative agreement. Over the next months UH will be working with the Air Force to define the resources that will be available to the academic research community and the conditions that will prevail. Specific information will be provided as soon as it is available.

The UH MHPCC Management Team is headed by Executive Director Gene Bal, a Maui native. The Principal Investigator is ITS Director David Lassner.


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