Ocelote Debuts at Open House
Members of the campus community recently celebrated the arrival of a new cat on campus, Ocelote, a high-performance computer (HPC) in the UA Research Data Center.
At an Open House on August 31, Karen Williams, Dean of University Libraries and Interim Chief Information Officer, and Dr. Kim Espy, Senior Vice President for Research, introduced the new $3.2 million HPC system jointly funded by their offices to provide free computing resources to UA researchers.
Representatives of the UA's Research Computing Governance Committee (RCGC)—Don Saner, representing RCGC sponsor UA Health Sciences; Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz, RCGC chair, and Dr. Joellen Russell, RCGC immediate past chair—described the benefits of the new system to the campus research community, which doubles the processing power from the previous generation of HPC systems. Dr. Russell and Dr. Michelle Strout of Computer Sciences shared how UA HPC resources are having an impact on their own research.
The name, Ocelote, and artwork that covers the system's doors is the result of a campus naming and artwork contest. The winners, Susan Miller, Arizona Research Labs, and Cynthia Sodari, Visual Communications, College of Fine Arts, were recognized at the open house.
Deputy Chief Information Officer Derek Masseth recognized the efforts of the RCGC committees which specified the requirements for building and implementing the Ocelote system, as well as the UITS Research Computing and Research Services Group teams which keep the system running and provide support to campus researchers. Research Services Group professionals Adam Michel and Chris Reidy gave tours of the Research Data Center.
Event speakers reminded attendees the resources in the UA Research Data Center are available for free to all UA researchers, faculty, and students. With the launch of Ocelote, this is a more powerful benefit than ever!
Read more about Ocelote in the Lo Que Pasa article of September 27, 2016.