High-Performance Computing in Higher Education: Trends During COVID-19

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Members-only webinar provides insights from recent survey results

By Ben Fineman, Internet2 Director, Industry Engagement

Internet2 has partnered with the Center for Digital Education to conduct a study on the current state of High-Performance Computing (HPC) during the time of COVID-19. Join us on May 13 at 1 p.m. ET for this members-only webinar to explore the results. Register Now!

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High-performance computing (HPC) programs are helping researchers in higher education institutions across the U.S. solve complicated problems in a variety of areas, including science, engineering, mathematics, and business.

Researchers working for universities are generating billions of files and petabytes of data every day. This data often carries the progress of incredibly important initiatives: climate change, cancer research and more.

HPC looks different at every institution. The approach refers to the practice of aggregating computing power in a way that delivers higher performance than one could get out of a typical desktop computer or workstation.

Increasingly, these efforts are enabled by advances in cloud computing, sophisticated networks, and security and identity management. The HPC landscape is not without its challenges. Many schools lack resources or the expertise necessary to use the technology.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant uncertainty for higher education budgets, money is still available from major funding bodies like the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few. However, these grants are highly competitive.

Institutions Face Doing More with Less

For this reason, many HPC practitioners have found that now more than ever, their institutions must do more with less and strive for a new kind of operational efficiency. Working in partnership with Internet2, the Center for Digital Education (CDE) surveyed 130 higher education high-performance computing specialists and practitioners to explore HPC trends related to cloud services, advanced networking, and security and identity management.’

This members-only white paper highlights data from the survey, as well as follow-up conversations with subject matter experts, to detail what is happening in the world of higher education HPC today and predict how the landscape might change after COVID-19.

We’ll be hosting a May 13 webinar with Internet2 topic experts to present and discuss these findings. Register for the event. All webinar registrants will receive a digital copy of the whitepaper as well as a recording of the webinar. I hope to see you there!