COMPUTATIONAL INNOVATION

Computers and computation are increasingly used for business — whether by the desk-worker typing a report, or by the research and development team analyzing huge sets of data for a new product. 

According to a recent survey from Manufacturing Engineering’s Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities Report, half of companies are already using computation and information technology and digital manufacturing. 

Using computers opens up lots of new possibilities that could help companies improve products and processes, such as connecting machines so they work smarter and better. 

But this increased reliance on computers also means companies need to work to stay ahead of the curve and avoid potential vulnerabilities, such as hacking and data breach. 

The University of Louisville can help your company adapt to this change by harnessing the power of computational technologies. Our researchers have deep expertise in the world of computational innovation, including: 

» data collection and analysis 

» Cloud computing

» Cybersecurity

» Networking and iT systems

» high-performance and supercomputing

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Percentage of companies already using information technologies and digital manufacturing, according to a survey for Manufacturing Engineering’s Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities Report.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing uses the internet to harness the collective processing power of a pool of connected computers, servers and other devices. Companies can either invest in hardware or rent machines from the cloud computing providers, and can run their applications or compute or analyze big data.

This model allows for on-demand and scalable access to high performance processing with low up-front infrastructure costs, improved manageability and less maintenance, which can make it easier for businesses to adjust on the fly to fluctuating and unpredictable demand. 

The University of Louisville can provide consulting for cloud computing. We can help your business utilize cloud computing services and move your applications, computations, data storage and data analysis operations to the cloud.

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Cyber and Network Security

With businesses increasingly relying on digital records and the internet, it’s more important than ever to protect computer systems. Hardware and software, or the information the contain, can be stolen, damaged, disrupted or misdirected. 

But there are tactics that can help protect your business, including: 

  • Computer and network security, including securing access through design and architecture;
  • Software-based security for mobile devices;
  • Biometrics, and other methods of confirming user identity;
  • And forensics, which can help identify vulnerabilities and figure out how to prevent a breach from happening again.

At the University of Louisville, The Cybersecurity Lab focuses on these and other methods. The lab was the world’s first to research artimetrics, which studies ways to identify, classify and authenticate robots, software and virtual reality agents for better security, customization and other purposes.

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Networking and IT systems

Just like teams, computers sometimes need to work together. In business, this is especially true.

Networking allows them to share resources, such as information. This could be anything from transmitting a PDF file to a networked printer, to something much, much more complicated that’s critical to your business. 

At the University of Louisville, we can help improve your computers’ teamwork. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Networking and network security;
  • Mobile and wireless systems and applications.

One highlight is our Mobile Information Networks and Distributed Systems (MINDS) Lab, whose research focuses on exploring new techniques that could be developed into high-quality, multipurpose mobile communication networks.

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Supercomputing

Our supercomputer is nicknamed the Cardinal Research Cluster (CRC). The CRC is an IBM iDataPlex cluster-style supercomputer that performs high-speed processing. This is particularly useful for analyzing complex and expansive data sets that would be too cumbersome for a lesser computer, such as those for medical research.

This cluster includes a general-purpose, high-performance distributed-memory cluster (with fourteen GPGPU nodes), five high-memory SMP systems, and an informatics cluster. The general-purpose cluster has an estimated peak performance of more than 40 teraflops.  

All research systems are housed in the University of Louisville's secure, underground data center and are administered by a team of specialized HPC system administrators and supported by a team of research computing consultants with experience in HPC software and database design, development and optimization.

Additional specifics: 

  • The cluster has 530 IBM iDataplex nodes, 312 of which are equipped with two Intel Xeon L5420 2.5GHz quad-core processors and 218 of which are equipped with two Intel Xeon 5650 2.66GHz hexa-core processors for a total of 5112 processor cores.  
  • Each node has between 16 and 48 GB of memory (2GB to 4GB per core), and the node interconnects are a mixture of low-latency, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 Gbps), Gigabit Ethernet (1Gbps) and InfiniBand (16 Gbps) technology. 
  • Fourteen of the iDataplex nodes are equipped with dual NVIDIA M2050 or M2070 GPGPU cards.  
  • Four of the high-memory systems each have 32 3.3GHz CPUs, 8 TB of high-speed, dedicated scratch disk and 768GB of RAM. One high-memory system has 128GB of RAM and 16 4.7GHz IBM Power6 CPUs.
  • The four-node, dedicated Spark/Hadoop informatics cluster has 50 TB of high-performance storage for high-reliability big data applications.
  • All research systems share approximately 400 TB of data storage and scratch space based on IBM's General Purpose File System (GPFS).

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