Theres a Strong Correlation Between Having a Sophisticated Research Infrastructure and Research Productivity

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-03-30 Print this article Print


Manish Parashar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers and the university€™s lead faculty member on the project, will direct the new institute.

€œThere is a strong correlation between having this level of sophisticated research infrastructure and research productivity,€ Parashar said in a statement. €œIt 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 it€™s a huge milestone.€ 

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 Foundation€™s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, where he managed an approximately $150 million research portfolio, from 2009 to 2011.

€œHPC is a real need because large-scale data is now central to all sciences and engineering,€ Parashar said. €œScience 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. 

€œWe intend to develop a premier center that sets a new standard for industry collaboration in high-performance computing,€ Brennan-Tonetta said in a statement. €œThe 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 university€™s 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 streptomycin€”the first cure for tuberculosis€”to the technology behind, Rutgers continues to make an impact in the commercial world, IBM officials said.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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