Technology giant Switch provides critical data ecosystem infrastructure to power new University of Nevada, Reno cluster
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno on August 2 unveiled development of a new, user-driven, high-performance computing cluster that will boost research capacity and better support the latest research applications such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computational biology and neurosciences, bioinformatics and big data.
The significant new cluster will offer 30 times more computing power than the University’s existing, high-performance system. It will put the University’s computing infrastructure among those in place at many of the nation’s leading research institutions.
The project funding is supported by the University along with funding through the State of Nevada Knowledge Fund, which is facilitated by the Governor’s Office for Economic Development and awarded to the Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR), and a donation from long-time University supporter and groundbreaking researcher Mick Hitchcock.
To drive the technology and research advancement, the University partnered with Switch, a global technology company and leader in the design and operation of advanced data centers. Switch is providing more than $3.4 million in critical technology infrastructure support services through space, power and security for five years at Switch TAHOE RENO, The Citadel Campus.
“High-performance computing is critical for modern research and scientific discovery,” University President Marc Johnson said. “The impact of this will be multi-dimensional; it will allow for faster analysis and exchange of large scientific datasets. It will contribute to deeper discovery across a range of research disciplines University-wide and to development of industry partnerships.”
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