New Rice Research Supercomputer
Makes List of World’s Most Powerful,
is ready for faculty
Severe thunderstorms and the potential for tornadoes are a fact
of life in Indiana, at Purdue no less than the rest of the state. Dan
Dawson wants to better understand the complex behaviors of these
storms to eventually help provide people with more warning when
The new faculty member in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary
Sciences focuses on numerical modeling of the atmosphere to study
the dynamics of severe storms and tornadoes. To do his research,
Dawson requires high-performance computing.
He says the availability of supercomputing systems was one of
the first things he asked about in considering a faculty position.
Purdue’s new Rice community cluster supercomputer answered the
“I was pleased to see that Purdue had extensive resources, along
with what appeared to be a robust and well-documented support
system for using them,” Dawson says.
Rice, built by ITaP in May 2015, is now available for faculty use.
Like the other machines in Purdue’s award-winning Community Cluster
Program, it’s best for tightly coupled science and engineering applications
and parallel computation, the largest portion of the high-performance
computing work done on the West Lafayette campus.
At the same time, ITaP Research Computing added two smaller community
clusters, Snyder designed for memory-intensive applications, particularly in
the life sciences, and Hammer for high-throughput serial work.
Rice made the latest TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Purdue has three machines listed, more than for any other U.S. campus,
giving the University the best collection of high-performance computing
systems for faculty at any school in the country.
ITaP Research Computing, working with faculty partners, has built seven
TOP500-class supercomputers at Purdue since 2008, along with a major
research data storage cluster, the Research Data Depot, in 2014. There are
now 165 faculty partners, research staff and students from all of Purdue’s
primary colleges and schools using the services, spanning more than 30
science, engineering and social science disciplines.
For more information on Rice, the Community Cluster Program, the
Research Data Depot and other research computing services, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Preston Smith, ITaP’s director of
research services and support, email@example.com or 49-49729.
$1.5 Million Grant to Help Students
‘Hit the Books’ in A New Way
Jeffrey D. Karpicke, the James V. Bradley Associate
Professor of Psychological Sciences, has received
a $1.5 million grant to develop
a new computer tool to help
fourth- and fifth-graders improve
their study habits.
“Fourth and fifth grades are the
years when children are asked
to learn more on their own,
and often their strategy, like
older students, is to take notes
and then review that information,” Karpicke says. “We know
that retrieval strategies, such as self-testing, work
better for college students to retain information,
and now we want to see if they work with younger
The three-year grant from the National Center for
Educational Research will fund the development
of a computer-based retrieval program, which will
be evaluated in Burnett Creek Elementary School
in West Lafayette, Fox Hill Elementary School in
Indianapolis and possibly other Indiana schools.
The National Center for Educational Research is a
part of the Institute of Education Sciences, which is
an arm of the U.S. Department of Education.