The University of Florida (UF) has received an $8 million federal award and was named as one of six universities nationwide to conduct high-performance computing simulations aimed at addressing some of the world’s most complex problems.
The award from the US National Nuclear Security Administration and accompanying designation as a centre of excellence is a direct result of UF’s drive to boost its high-performance computing abilities, said David Norton, the university's vice president for research.
'It really leverages the investment the university made in high-performance computing and HiPerGator,' Norton said. 'All of that was key in getting this award. This is exactly what we need in moving toward top-10 status.'
HiPerGator, UF’s supercomputer, became operational in May 2013 and is among the fastest and most powerful in the nation.
The six universities are:
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida;
- Stanford University, Stanford, California;
- University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Illinois;
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah;
- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; and
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.