High-Performance Computing

Texas A&M Joins Intel Parallel Computing Center

The High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) center at Texas A&M University has been named to the Intel Parallel Computing Center (PCC) program.

The Intel PCC program provides universities and other organizations with funding to modernize application software to run on current parallel computing architectures. Intel PCC member institutions work to increase the parallelism and scalability of applications by optimizing them to take advantage of the cores, caches, threads and vector capabilities of microprocessors and coprocessors, according to information on the Intel PCC program's site.

The Texas A&M HPRC will use its Intel PCC funding "to develop open-source software focusing on simulation of flows through micropores, such as those found in rocks involved in oil and gas extraction, by extending OpenFOAM, a popular open-source simulation software," according to a news release from the university. In addition to funding, joining the program will also give Texas A&M HPRC researchers access to Intel's technology experts throughout the project.

"At HPRC we use high-performance computing to unite experts in numerous fields of study," said Honggao Liu, director of High Performance Research Computing at Texas A&M, in a prepared statement. "This grant and multi-disciplinary project will allow us to better understand and solve issues within this critical software."

Some other universities that have already joined the Intel PCC program include Stanford University, Princeton University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Indiana University and The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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