Technology and Innovation
Faculty Get R&D 100
Awards for Innovations
Two faculty members have received 2015
R&D 100 Awards from the editors of R&D
Jessica Huber, a professor in Purdue’s
Department of Speech, Language and
Hearing Sciences, received the award on
behalf of her company, SpeechVive Inc.,
which is commercializing an innovation
she developed to help individuals with
Parkinson’s disease speak more loudly and
communicate more effectively.
Vilas G. Pol, an associate professor in
the School of Chemical Engineering and
the School of Materials Engineering, led a
team that was recognized for developing a
process to manufacture “carbon micro-spheres” from waste plastics.
The R&D 100 awards have been called
the “Oscars of invention.” The 2015 recipients were honored during a ceremony in
Purdue’s HUBzero® Adds Computational
Power with Amazon Web Services
Need a near-instant, powerful, scalable cyberinfrastructure for research? There’s
now an app for that — Purdue’s HUBzero on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
From Purdue’s perspective, the partnership with Amazon’s cloud computing
service means more computational power
and data storage for Purdue researchers
and HUBzero hubs — resources practically
unlimited that can expand and contract as
“We’re seeing a lot of research where the
architecture and elasticity of AWS could be
a great option,” says Michael Zentner, HUBzero’s director.
HUBzero running on Amazon Web Services doesn’t negate the need for
on-campus high-performance computing systems like Purdue’s Community
Cluster Program supercomputers, Zentner says. The cloud is good at parallel tasks
that don’t do a lot of inter-process communication among the multitude of processors employed for a job. Meanwhile, machines like the community clusters, with
processors tied together by a fast communications fabric, excel at jobs requiring a
lot of inter-processor interaction.
HUBzero will look at migrating some existing hubs now hosted on Purdue hardware to Amazon, which could result in cost and physical footprint savings. But more
importantly, it will allow the HUBzero team to concentrate on the platform itself,
rather than the hardware behind it. The goal is to expand and improve HUBzero’s
capabilities and better respond to the needs of hub owners and users, Zentner says.
The association with Amazon and its cloud computing arm also can help position
HUBzero, already widely deployed and lauded in the field, as a go-to platform for
scientific and other research and educational Web gateways and portals, Zentner says.
For Amazon, HUBzero fits a need Amazon Web Services’ research-oriented
customers frequently express.
With HUBzero, Amazon Web Services users get a quick path to setting up a
platform for their work and running computations, which can accelerate the time it
takes them to get results. HUBzero on Amazon also lets users try the hub platform
for minimal cost and effort to see if it fits their needs before making a more significant investment.
Purdue Research Software Developers
Get Their Own GitHub
Purdue researchers who write their own code for computation, modeling and
simulation have a new tool to help them manage the task — a Purdue-hosted
GitHub Enterprise instance operated by ITaP research computing.
GitHub is a Web-based service for hosting version control repositories used
in collaborative development of research software. The service will provide
researchers with tools for source code management, managing development
teams, and collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task
management and wikis for every project. Research groups can easily collaborate
through their repository using the Web and with desktop or mobile clients.
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