Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant

Dordt College and The City College of New York awarded HPC Clusters with a combined value of over $175,000 to support growing research programs

Bothell, WA, May 28, 2015 – Silicon Mechanics, a leading provider of servers, storage and high performance computing solutions to the world's most innovative organizations, today announced the recipients of its fourth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG). Dordt College, of Sioux Center, Iowa and The City College of New York (CCNY). Each grant awardee will receive a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with the latest Intel and NVDIA high performance processing and GPU technologies, with a combined value of over $175,000 for use in demonstrated research purposes going forward. This is the first year that Silicon Mechanics has given awards to two institutions.

Silicon Mechanics created the RCG in 2012 as a way of giving back to the educational community, as obtaining needed research funding has become more difficult in recent years. In particular, the program is helping to jumpstart research efforts where access to high-performance computing is limited, outdated or was not previously available. The RCG program is also providing institutions with an opportunity to showcase collaboration across departments and researchers by providing cluster technology to positively impact research efforts.

Previous RCG awardees include Wayne State University in 2014, Tufts University in 2013 and Saint Louis University in 2012. Silicon Mechanics' partners that have donated product to this year's grant include Intel, NVIDIA, Mellanox, Supermicro, Kingston, Bright Computing, Seagate and LSI Logic.

"We designed the cluster grant to provide resources to researchers who were unlikely to receive grants through traditional grant-funding programs due to the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of their research or other similar factors," said Art Mann, Silicon Mechanics' Education/Research/Government Sales Manager. "We have seen the impact that this program has had on our recipient institutions over the past three years, and felt that it was crucial not just to continue the program but to expand it, allowing us to support even more impactful research."

At CCNY, the HPC cluster will be used in cutting-edge research in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, physics, earth and atmospheric sciences, computer science, engineering, medicine, mathematics, social science, humanities and writing pedagogy.

"For many of our research programs, this computer cluster is the missing piece that will lower the barriers that kept our work from moving forward smoothly," said David Jeruzalmi, professor of chemistry and biochemistry in CCNY's Division of Science, who wrote the grant proposal. "This award will touch the research of many colleagues by bringing together researchers from across CCNY, many of whom never knew that their work could be positively impacted by colleagues down the hall or in the next building over."

At Dordt College and at its research partner, Hope College, the HPC cluster will support eight STEM-based research groups and nine distinct faculty members focused on a wide variety of research activities. Those activities include bacterial statistical genetics, processing and analysis of RNA sequencing, phylogenetic trees, computational chemistry, engineering integrity, analyzing genomic sequencing data, population genetic data and more.

"Dordt has traditionally been a liberal arts school," said Dr. Nathan Tintle, Dordt College's Director for Research and Scholarship. "In recent years, however, we have ramped up our research department in partnership with Hope College and in doing so created a demand for an HPC system. Unfortunately, we don’t have the budget to purchase a cluster that would suit our computational needs. Fortunately, Silicon Mechanics sponsors the annual RCG, a program that we are proud to be involved with. We feel fortunate to have been awarded this grant."

About The City College of New York Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

About Dordt College Dordt College is a private institution of higher education, committed to the Reformed Christian perspective. With 1,400 students, the college’s STEM programs are leading enrollment growth. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt College provides a holistic residential learning experience for students, in which they can develop Christian insight in all areas of life.