The Callisto cluster is UCA's first research computer cluster. As such, its computational resources are fully dedicated to student and faculty research and creative endeavors. The primary goals for the cluster are:
1. Develop a vibrant and strong community of computational researchers and educators at UCA.
2. Incorporate modern high performance computing technologies into appropriate courses within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and within the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
3. Increase state-of-the-art research by faculty, undergraduate and master's level students at UCA.
4. Broaden faculty and student awareness of the applications and capabilities of high performance computing at UCA.
HIgh performance computing involves the use of multiple processing cores and large amounts of memory and data storage working efficiently together to solve larger problems than can be solved via a single computer. These computational problems are often extremely computationally intensive or require huge amounts of memory, which exceed the capabilities of single computers. Some types of problems perform the same task repeatedly on different data, so having multiple computing cores significantly decreases the computation time for these projects.
Five faculty collaborators were successful in obtaining internal funds from the University Research Council and other UCA sources to purchase the cluster. Each collaborator will be responsible for research and educational efforts involving the Callisto cluster in their areas of interest and expertise.
The Callisto cluster is a shared UCA resource, available to students and faculty throughout the campus, for research, creative endeavor and educational projects. UCA faculty members whose research and creative interests that may benefit from high performance computing are encouraged to participate with the Callisto cluster, and UCA students are welcome to use the cluster under the mentoring and supervision of a UCA faculty member. Please contact Clarence Burg, Sinan Kockara or Scott Meador about obtaining access to the cluster.
This website contains information about the current research and educational activities enabled by the Callisto cluster. Results of student and faculty research will be archived on this website, as well as results from student course projects. By documenting the successes and growth of the compuational community at UCA, we hope and expect to expand the computational resources available to the UCA community.