Silicon Mechanics to Highlight Saint Louis University's Accomplishments at SC13State-of-the-art computing enhances university's cutting-edge research and social mission
Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it will be showcasing the research successes achieved by Saint Louis University at SC13 Conference & Exhibition, which takes place November 17–22, 2013, in Denver, Colorado, Booth # 3126. SLU was awarded a high-performance computing cluster as part of Silicon Mechanics' research cluster grant competition, and has used the cluster to enhance cutting-edge research on seven major projects within ten university departments.
SLU will also be highlighting the work of the Center for World Health and Medicine at Saint Louis University, which focuses on accelerating the process of drug discovery to help those most in need. On hand at the booth will be Raymond Tait, PhD, the University's Vice President of Research, who will be available to discuss how the center is translating basic research discoveries and developed leads into viable drug candidates for neglected diseases of the poor, orphan diseases, and other unmet medical needs. The center's initiatives are closely attuned to the University's overall mission to conduct research that matters and develop treatments that have true societal impact.
SLU was awarded the research cluster grant from a pool of applicants comprised of US and Canadian universities and research institutions. SLU had proposed a unique multidisciplinary resource sharing approach, sharing the HPC for seven different research initiatives, encompassing ten university departments. The compute cluster was developed by Silicon Mechanics, and includes hardware donated by Kingston Technologies, AMD, NVIDIA, QLogic, Supermicro, and Seagate, as well as cluster management software supplied by Bright Computing.
According to Keith Hacke, SLU's chief technology officer, the availability of the HPC cluster is a key factor in promoting SLU as a major research institution, where premier researchers tackle local and global challenges. "Having high-performance computer clusters has been very important to us on a number of fronts. Not only does it help faculty do research, but it also serves as a recruiting and publicity tool, helping us to accomplish our research mission and fill our faculty ranks."
"Sponsoring SLU at SC13 is one way in which Silicon Mechanics actively supports state-of-the-art computing in higher education and research," added Art Mann, Silicon Mechanics' education/research /government vertical group manager. Another key initiative is Silicon Mechanics' Annual Research Cluster Grant Program, which awards a complete HPC cluster to an educational or research institution as part of the highly competitive grant program. "Silicon Mechanics has been inspired by the role the HPC cluster has played in Saint Louis University's cutting edge research – and will continue to strive to help universities change the world – one high-performance cluster at a time.'