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UMass Amherst boosts deep learning research with powerful new GPU cluster

AMHERST, Mass. – With a new cluster of specialized graphics processing units (GPUs) now installed at the MGHPCC, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is poised to attract the nation’s next crop of top Ph.D. students and researchers in such fields as artificial intelligence, computer vision and natural language processing, says associate professor Erik Learned-Miller of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS).

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IOMICS: Precision Models to Protect the Environment, Accelerate Drug Development, and Improve Healthcare

IOMICS Corporation is an award winning analytics company based in Worcester and Cambridge Massachusetts. In April 2016, IOMICS announced the release of its FUSION Analytics Platform™, a cloud-based software system for prescriptive analytics and rapid prototyping of advanced decision models for use in chemical engineering, medical research, and clinical care. FUSION is hosted at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) under aegis of the Commonwealth Computational Cloud for Data Driven Biology (C3DDB).

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Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production

Solar power is enjoying a heyday in Massachusetts right now, as home and business owners, buoyed by state incentives, seek greener energy options, and — most visibly — as cities and towns scramble to strike deals with energy companies on large-scale photovoltaic arrays, usually on otherwise undevelopable parcels, such as landfills. The projects don’t create many jobs, but they do bring tax benefits for communities, profits for the developers, and satisfaction for anyone who values a move away from fossil fuels.

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Curbing Carbon on Campus

In a report released today, Harvard University details the path it took to achieving its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016 from a 2006 baseline, inclusive of campus growth including it’s collaboration with higher education peers and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to build the “extremely energy-efficient LEED Platinum Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.”

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HUIT's storage facility on 60 Oxford street houses high speed computer storage that is similar to the ones being installed at the Mass Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, Mass. as a way to store and access big data. James Cuff, Assistant Dean and Distinguished Engineer for Research Computing, FAS Science Division is the principle investigator on a $4 million NSF grant to support the project, which also involves MIT, BU, Northeastern, and UMass at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

For Bigger Data, More Storage

Research progress is increasingly impacted by the available capacity of storage to flexibly exploit vast volumes of digital information. This is a trend across all fields of research, from astrophysics to zoology. The Northeast Storage Exchange (NESE) project, supported by the National Science Foundation, will create a next-generation storage infrastructure specifically targeted at enabling new levels of collaborative research for projects regularly involving petabytes or more of information. In a recent Harvard Gazette article NESE PIs explained why scientists need the expanded storage. Continue reading