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Seven UW Research Projects Garner Use of Cheyenne Supercomputer

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Seven University of Wyoming research projects, many of which will directly impact Wyoming and the nation, have been chosen to receive computational time and storage space at the supercomputer in Cheyenne.

Energy, the atmosphere, watersheds and wind farms are some of the research topics.

UW faculty members head projects that will use the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically reviewed by an external panel of experts and evaluated on the experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use and broader impacts such as how the project involves both UW and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) researchers; strengthens UW’s research capacity; enhances UW’s computational programs; or involves research in a new or emerging field.

The Wyoming-NCAR Allocation Panel evaluates the large allocation requests for the use of computational resources at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, says Bryan Shader, UW’s co-chair of the panel and a professor of mathematics. The seven projects were granted allocations totaling 95 million core hours.

“These projects highlight how the NWSC resource enables UW researchers to be more competitive in securing funding and in leading research of importance to the nation and to Wyoming,” Shader says. “Simply put, the access to these computational resources allows UW researchers to address grand challenges such as cleaner fuels, more environmentally sound CO2 storage and enhanced energy production from wind farms. The resources also allow UW researchers to develop better predictive tools for hazardous weather events, such as dust storms, flooding and blizzards.”

Over the last year, 37 UW projects used the NWSC. These allocations and use rank UW as No. 1 in total allocation and total users; No. 1 in total computer usage; and No. 2 in active projects among the more than 100 North American universities using the NWSC.

Since the NWSC opened in October 2012, allocations have been made to 55 UW research projects, excluding the most recent seven awards. For these projects, 138 different users were involved.

Why is this so awesome? It is awesome because with research and innovation comes opportunity. It could mean more jobs, it could be more investments and overall these two elements help to improve the economic foundation for our community. We, the RE/MAX Capitol Properties family, are focused on supporting efforts like these in the community because we believe we must invest in our future and formulate our very own future!


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