Campuses Celebrate Partnership Supporting CU Research Computing EffortsMimi Cohen Dell Jul 17, 2023
CU Anschutz and CU Boulder celebrate high performance computing partnership with ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 8
Pictured from left to right: CU Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Massimo Ruzzene, CU Anschutz Vice Chancellor of Information Strategy and Services Christopher Smith, CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman, CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, CU Boulder Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer Marin Stanek, CU Boulder Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Patrick O'Rourke, CU Boulder Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Computing Shelley Knuth
Photography: Glenn Asakawa
Event Video: CU Productions
CU Anschutz and CU Boulder celebrated a milestone this summer during a cross-campus gathering highlighting the significant advances made in high-performance computing (HPC) within the CU system. CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman and CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, together with executive leadership from both campuses, presented high points of this meaningful collaboration to support computational research. Watch the event highlights.
The Alpine supercomputer – which is managed by the CU Boulder Research Computing (CURC) team led by Shelley Knuth, assistant vice chancellor for researching computing at CU Boulder – provides the capabilities to enable the level of research being achieved at the university. The integration of staff and expertise from both the Boulder and Anschutz campuses is a critical piece in advancing science and innovation.
“We are so grateful to Don for providing the funding for this commitment to CU Anschutz high performance computing needs and dedicated staff,” said Christopher Smith, vice chancellor of information strategy and services at CU Anschutz.
Smith told the group that the partnership and financial investment means that “we can offer concierge support for our faculty and researchers.” This tremendous resource also helps CU continue to attract and retain leaders in diverse fields, and further elevates our competitive profile for extramural grant funding from the NIH, NSF and other agencies.
The teams have moved the needle in high performance computing, making the two campuses a powerhouse and leader in research computing in the Rocky Mountain West. “Research computing is about enabling the most competitive research that we can so that our campus researchers and partner researchers can advance in their specific disciplines,” explained Knuth.
This alliance facilitates the ability for CU Anschutz to build upon the success of HPC and expand on the technical expertise already available within the CU system. The many wonderful outcomes of the partnership have included the relationships fostered between CU departments and campuses, as well as other institutions such as Colorado State University.
The campuses have built a solid foundation for Alpine knowing that each brings expertise and support to the table – from training to resources – and CU Anschutz’s ability to access and support Boulder’s Alpine supercomputing capabilities has been a tremendous advantage for campus research efforts.
Large scale storage also is supported and CU Anschutz teams have already moved archival data and active data for basic science to CU Boulder’s PetaLibrary. Together, CU is improving human research and undertaking highly critical work in cancer research, biomedical informatics, genomics, machine learning AI, and more.