Theres a Strong Correlation Between Having a Sophisticated Research Infrastructure and Research Productivity
Manish Parashar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers and the universitys lead faculty member on the project, will direct the new institute. There is a strong correlation between having this level of sophisticated research infrastructure and research productivity, Parashar said in a statement. It will enable research at a scale we could not support at Rutgers before and allow students and industry to have access to HPC to a much greater degree. And this installation is the first step in creating a large-scale infrastructure at the institute, so its a huge milestone.HPC is a real need because large-scale data is now central to all sciences and engineering, Parashar said. Science is changing dramatically, becoming very computation- and data-intensive. Large-scale computing is now critical for scientists to address research challenges in diverse fields, from biochemistry and genomics to material sciences and climate modeling. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for economic development, has been working with Parashar to launch the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute. We intend to develop a premier center that sets a new standard for industry collaboration in high-performance computing, Brennan-Tonetta said in a statement. The institute will be engaging business and provide a valuable resource that goes far beyond hardware and software, offering real expertise and assistance. Industry will be able to come here with a problem involving data analysis, and our experts will help them develop a solution. IBM said two industrial advisory panels for the RDI2 are being formed, one for large-scale computation and data analytics in finance, and a second for the health care and life sciences industries. The initial meetings of each are set for April. Rutgers Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development promotes excellence in research at the university. Research is fundamental to the universitys overall mission and enhances its education and service missions. Rutgers increasingly is engaged in commercialization of research through the transfer of new technologies to industry, contributing to economic development in New Jersey and nationally. From the discovery of streptomycinthe first cure for tuberculosisto the technology behind Ask.com, Rutgers continues to make an impact in the commercial world, IBM officials said.
Parashar is director of Rutgers Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing and the Applied Software Systems Laboratory, and associate director of the Center for Information Assurance. He was program director of the National Science Foundations Office of Cyberinfrastructure, where he managed an approximately $150 million research portfolio, from 2009 to 2011.