Virginia Tech announced today that is was awarded a $2million NSF grant for a new computational platform. The new machine, called HokieSpeed, will feature traditional CPUs and GPUs. Wu Feng, associate professor of computer science as well as electrical and computer engineering and principal investigator on the grant, along with Khidir Hilu, professor of biological sciences, and Scott King, professor of geosciences, all at Virginia Tech, successfully applied for the $2 million grant through the National Science Foundation’s Major Instrumentation Program for the new gear.
HokieSpeed is expected to catalyze new approaches for conducting research via the synergistic amalgamation of heterogeneous supercomputing and cyber-enabled tools to enhance ease of use. In particular, it will give end users the ability to perform in-situ visualization for rapid visual information synthesis and analysis. It will also control their level of immersion in the discovery process – from being completely immersed, making real-time intuitive decisions via a large-scale gigapixel display, to observing the instrument automatically collect, organize, and analyze data in support of visual analytics. A large set of Virginia Tech researchers from across the university will be actively involved in research using HokieSpeed,” Feng said.
For more info on the new machine, read their full release here.