New HPC Cluster Installed at Clarkson University

Posted on April 18, 2017
Clarkson University

Advanced Clustering engineer Jordan Gibbens (left) and account executive John Gannon (second from left) installed the new high performance computing cluster that will be utilized by Dr. Chen Liu (third from left) and his research team. Some of Liu’s students were also on hand for the event.

An Advanced Clustering team was on-site last week at Clarkson University to install a new cluster we built for Dr. Chen Liu, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Liu was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a four-person research team dedicated to acquiring a heterogeneous high-performance computing cluster.

“Our project is a small-scale super computer with a lot of horsepower for computation ability,” Liu said. “It has many servers, interconnected to look like one big machine. Research involving facial recognition, iris recognition and fingerprint recognition requires a lot of computing power, so we’re investigating how to perfect that capability and make biometrics run faster.”

Liu is the principal investigator. His colleagues Joseph Skufca, Professor and Chair of Mathematics, and Paynter-Krigman Endowed Professor in Engineering Science Stephanie Schuckers are co-PIs. Clarkson University Chief Information Officer Joshua Fiske rounds out the team.

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