September 1, 2018:
A University of Oklahoma team, led by Henry Neeman, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant in the amount of $967,755 for a new academic research data storage instrument—a massive tape archive known as the OU and Regional Research Store, which will serve as a national model for affordable, large-scale, multi-institutional storage. Read the news release here - http://www.ou.edu/web/news_events/articles/news_2018/ou-it-team-receives-nsf-instrumentation-grant-for-research-data-archiving
May 4, 2018:
Read about how an OU Astrophysics team used Schooner to explain why the growth of Mars was stunted: http://www.ou.edu/publicaffairs/archives/2018/may/OUStudyExplainsWhyMarsGrowthStunted.
February 2, 2018:
Read about how Schooner was used to discover extragalactic planets for the first time: https://www.ou.edu/web/news_events/articles/news_2018/ou-discover-planets.
August 23, 2017:
Registration for the 2017 Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium is now open! Register online at: http://www.oscer.ou.edu/Symposium2017/register.html.
October 6, 2016:
The Globus 101 webinar can now be viewed on YouTube by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K17ZZEIvWhg
September 2, 2016:
Read a press release about OSCER Director Henry Neeman and Oklahoma State U High Performance Computing Center Director Dana Brunson being appointed joint co-managers of the XSEDE Campus Engagement program.
July 15, 2015:
The purchase order for our new cluster supercomputer, Schooner, has been sent to Dell.
(Note that this PO is the OU IT part only, *NOT* condominium components.)
We'll provide some specs on it soon.
Heartfelt thanks to our incredible team at OU, and the team we work with at Dell.
The hard work and devotion from all corners has been both exhausting and inspiring.
March 11, 2015:
The OU Regents have approved the purchase of our next cluster supercomputer, Schooner.
September 4, 2014:
Oklahoma has been awarded a National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering (CC*IIE) networking grant.
This grant, the "CC*IIE Engineer: A Model for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators" (ACI-REF), will hire an ACI-REF FTE to work with OU faculty, staff and students to make effective use of the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (see below).
The project is led by Information Technology and includes faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science, the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the School of Meteorology, the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Department of Microbiology & Plant Biology, the Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms, the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, the Center for Spatial Analysis, and the Earth Observation Modeling Facility.
The grant is for $400,000 and starts October 1 2014.
April 7, 2014:
Internet2 has appointed OSCER Director Henry Neeman to their new High Performance and Research Computing Program Advisory Group.
April 6, 2014:
The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2014 announces our keynote speaker, Irene Qualters, recently appointed as the Division Director for the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
September 4, 2013:
Oklahoma has been awarded a National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) networking grant.
This grant, the "OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN)," will deploy a "Science DMZ" dedicated research network shared by OU, Oklahoma State U, Langston U and the Tandy Supercomputing Center (part of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute and OneNet, Oklahoma's education, research and government network. OFFN will include a dedicated 10G circuit shared among the four institutions.
At OU, the collaboration is led by Information Technology and includes faculty in the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science, the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the School of Meteorology, the Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms, and the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics & Astronomy.
At OSU, the collaboration is led by the OSU High Performance Computing Center, part of the Office of the Vice President for Research & Technology Transfer, and includes the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
At Langston U, the collaboration is jointly led by the Department of Technology and the Department of Mathematics.
The grant is for $499,961 and starts October 1 2013.
July 9, 2013:
Read an article about OU's use of Linux.
June 1, 2013:
Oklahoma's new National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 grant, "Adapting Socio-ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability," has begun. The press release is here.
January 14-18, 2013:
We're moving Boomer to the new data center in Four Partners Place this week.
August 13-17, 2012:
This week, we're hosting a tutorial workshop sponsored and run by the Virtual School of Computational Science & Engineering on Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Many-core Processors.
August 6-9, 2012:
We held a Blue Ribbon review of all Research IT activities and plans this week. It was extremely helpful.
July 29 - August 4, 2012:
We hosted a tutorial workshop sponsored and run by the National Computational Science Institute on Introduction to Parallel Programming & Cluster Computing.
July 10-13, 2012:
We hosted a tutorial workshop sponsored and run by the Virtual School of Computational Science & Engineering on Programming Heterogeneous Parallel Computing Systems.
May 25, 2012:
Watch a video of Boomer's ribbon cutting.
May 23, 2012:
Sooner has been completely decommissioned and will no longer be available.
April 30, 2012:
13 of the 14 racks of compute nodes from Dell's "Merge Center" have arrived. See pictures here.
March 26, 2012:
The first components for OSCER's new cluster supercomputer, Boomer, have begun to arrive.
March 20, 2012:
The purchase orders for OSCER's new cluster supercomputer, Boomer, have been sent.
January 26, 2012:
The OU Board of Regents has approved the purchase of OSCER's new cluster supercomputer, Boomer.
April 6, 2011:
The Oklahoma PetaStore's TS3500 tape library, of initially 2889 tape cartridge slots, with 100 slots initially populated with LTO-5 tape cartridges (roughly 150 TB), has arrived at the Stephenson Research & Technology Center.
April 4, 2011:
The Oklahoma PetaStore's DCS9900 disk system (rebranded DataDirect Networks S2A9900) of 1200 disk drive slots, with 300 slots initially populated with 2 TB SATA 7200 RPM disk drives (roughly 430 TB useable), has arrived at the Stephenson Research & Technology Center.
March 28, 2011:
OSCER has sent the purchase order for the Oklahoma PetaStore to IBM. The PetaStore will consist of (1) a DCS9900 disk system (rebranded DataDirect Networks S2A9900) of 1200 disk drive slots, with 300 slots initially populated with 2 TB SATA 7200 RPM disk drives (roughly 430 TB useable), and (2) a TS3500 tape library, of initially 2889 tape cartridge slots, with 100 slots initially populated with LTO-5 tape cartridges (roughly 150 TB).
January 26, 2011:
The OU Board of Regents has approved the purchase of the Oklahoma PetaStore from IBM.
August 31, 2010:
OSCER has been awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant: "Acquisition of Extensible Petascale Storage for Data Intensive Research," OCI-1039829, $792,925, October 1 2010 - September 30 2013. PI Henry Neeman (OSCER); Co-PIs Matthew Jensen (OU MIS), Michael Strauss (OU Physics & Astronomy), Xiangming Xiao (OU Botany & Microbiology), Ming Xue (OU Meteorology); Senior Personnel Edward Baron (OU Physics & Astronomy), Kendra Dresback (OU Civil Engineering & Environmental Science), Randall Kolar (OU Civil Engineering & Environmental Science), Amy McGovern (OU Computer Science), Robert Palmer (OU Meteorology), Dimitrios Papavassiliou (OU Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering), Horst Severini (OU Physics & Astronomy), Patrick Skubic (OU Physics & Astronomy), Theodore Trafalis (OU Industrial Engineering), Michael Wenger (OU Psychology), Ralph Wheeler (Duquesne University Chemistry & Biochemistry). Details are here.
August 25, 2010:
Oklahoma has been awarded a National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity (RII C2) grant: "Oklahoma Optical Initiative," EPS-1006919, $1,176,470, September 1 2010 - August 31 2012. PI Henry Neeman (OSCER); Co-PIs James Deaton (OneNet), Dana Brunson (Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center); Senior Personnel Ji He (Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation), Dale Schoenefeld (University of Tulsa), Joel Snow (Langston University), Michael Strauss (OU), Xiangming Xiao (OU), Ming Xue Ming Xue (OU). Details are here.
November 9, 2005:
OSCER has received a Small Grant for Exploratory Research from the National Science Foundation.
October 3, 2005:
The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2006 will be held the evening of Tue October 3 and Wed October 4 2006 at OU. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dan Atkins, head of the National Science Foundation's new Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Other plenary speakers will include Dr. Earl C. Joseph II, Program Vice President for High-Performance Computing at IDC and Dr. Stephen R. Wheat, Director of HPC at Intel.
April 20, 2005:
Topdawg has been delivered!
March 23, 2005:
The OU Board of Regents has approved the purchase of a large Xeon64 Linux cluster from Dell, to be named topdawg.oscer.ou.edu.
February 7, 2005:
OSCER will host a National Computational Science Institute summer workshop on Parallel & Cluster Computing Sun July 31 - Sat August 6 2005. Here's a link to last year's workshop materials.
November 29, 2004:
The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2005 will be held Wed October 5 2005, with a Parallel Programming workshop and a reception on Tue October 4 2005.
November 17, 2004:
OSCER will host a workshop sponsored by the Linux Clusters Institute Tue June 21 - Fri June 24 2005.
June 30, 2004:
OSCER's Itanium2 cluster has arrived!
June 6, 2004:
Listen to OSCER on the radio! Click here and find the entry for June 6 2004 to learn more about OSCER on the radio show Oklahoma Innovations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST). The OSCER part of the show starts about 10 minutes in.
June 1, 2004:
Oklahoma has joined the National Lambda Rail! NLR is an ultra high speed network, 100 times faster than the commodity Internet and 10 times faster than Internet2. Oklahoma's Lambda Rail system will provide connections between Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tulsa, with the primary node in Tulsa. Oklahoma is one of only two states in the southern Great Plains, along with Missouri, to get a Lambda Rail connection, and one of only 5 EPSCoR states, among 26 EPSCoR states and territories.
May 12, 2004:
Join us for the Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2004 at OU October 6-7.
March 30, 2004:
OSCER has joined the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation.
March 29, 2004:
OSCER has moved to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Research and Technology Center.
August 14, 2003:
The National Science Foundation has awarded OSCER a Major Research Instrumentation grant from a proposal titled "Acquisition of an Itanium Cluster for Grid Computing." The grant starts September 1 2003 and runs 3 years. Click here for details.
July 16, 2003:
The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2003 was held Thursday September 25 at OU, with a Parallel Programming Workshop held on Wednesday September 24. The keynote speaker was Peter Freeman, Assistant Director of NSF's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Other speakers included: Stephen Wheat, HPC Principal Scientist for Intel; Greg Monaco, Director for Research of the Great Plains Network; Jose Castanos of the Blue Gene/L team.
February 13, 2003:
OSCER will be moving to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Research and Technology Center when it opens in early 2004 (scheduled). Check out the webcam showing the construction site and some architectural drawings and the same in closeup. The drawing labeled "Interior and Level 1" or "Plan Level 1" shows OSCER's new machine room and office suite (the dark blue area at bottom center of the floorplan). Also, here's our proposed layout for the machine room (PDF and PNG).
February 6, 2003:
Retirement of the Cray J90: pictures
January 6, 2003:
OU Supercomputing Symposium 2003 September 25 on the OU Norman campus.
December 23, 2002:
Realtime Weather Forecasts from the Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms are now running on OSCER's Linux Cluster.
December 14, 2002:
OSCER's Linux Cluster gets 606.9 GFLOP/s! This makes Boomer the fastest supercomputer in the Big 12 and one of the top 25 fastest IA-32 clusters in the world.