When the Dell/Intel-Xeon Owens Cluster is completely up and running later this year, the Ohio Supercomputer Center will have deployed the most powerful supercomputer system in the 29-year history of the OSC.

However, before this new system can take off, there’s the significant undertaking of installing this sparkling new system. And to put it mildly, it’s not as simple as opening a laptop box and plugging it in.

What all does it take to set up the Owens Cluster? Get a great overview of this project in our newest blog. 


For small- to medium-sized companies to keep pace with both their customers and their competition, they need a technological advantage. That advantage might just be modeling, simulation and data analysis, and that's where AweSim comes in. But where exactly are we going? How can we get there? And how can we engage? 

Is there a word for being simultaneously exhausted and re-invigorated at the same time? If not there should be.

It’s how I feel every year following the annual Supercomputing Conference – the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis – this year aptly named SC15(link sends e-mail).

Forrest Burney isn’t a SimApp salesman, or any kind of salesman actually, but he’d certainly make a good one. Burney is the Engineering Manager of Plastics at BWay Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of packaging containers for industrial, commercial and retail markets in North America.

Gaming the Supercomputer System

Greg Harmon, of Dragonfly Capital, recently opened an investment blog post with an angle that caught my eye:

“Looking for that gift for the nerd that has everything? Well how about a supercomputer? These babies have the power of 50 million laptops. That should get them an edge playing Xbox against their friends.”

Harmon made a quick pivot and went on to pitch giving “the thrill of supercomputing” by making presents of supercomputer stock from companies, such as Cray.

An exterior view of the National Petascale Computing Facility, home to the Blue Waters supercomputer (Image: NCSA/University of Illinois)

The Blue Waters project, managed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, recently announced a unique fellowship program for doctoral students who can use the Blue Waters computing system to help complete their academic research. This may be the only National Science Foundation project that funds this type of opportunity. The Ohio Supercomputer Center is under contract with NCSA to manage the fellowship program.