Get up to speed on NSF-funded high-performance computational cluster, with CPU and GPU compute technology, at Jan. 28 virtual HPC Symposium

A group of faculty from the Rossin College and Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences were recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure program to construct a new high-performance computational cluster, Hawk, that includes both CPU and GPU compute technology.  

This acquisition was made available for general access on December 7, 2020, and it has significantly increased Lehigh's high-performance computing capabilities. HAWK will provide critical infrastructure for broader incorporation of computation in science and engineering research, and it will serve as a springboard for new collaborative studies in areas including energy, materials, health, and aerospace. 

HAWK will also be used in education around computation at various levels, supporting efforts to increase the number of members of underrepresented populations in STEM-related professions through research experiences, programming workshops, and other computational training opportunities. 

In the near future, HAWK will be accessible via the national Open Science Grid (OSG), increasing Lehigh's visibility among the nation’s research computing community.

On Thursday, January 28, the Research Computing Steering Committee is hosting a half-day virtual symposium (1-5:30PM) to celebrate the launch of Hawk.

The symposium will provide an overview of Hawk, with details about how to access the new cluster, upcoming events organized by Research Computing and LTS, and future plans. 

There will also be presentations on the vision for HPC at Lehigh given by Provost Nathan Urban and Deans Bob Flowers and Steve DeWeerth. The online event will also feature three invited talks spanning the different colleges to showcase a sampling of crosscutting computational research on campus that requires large-scale computing that Hawk will now further enable.

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