U of Waterloo Delves Into Deep Computing

The University of Waterloo and IBM Canada Ltd. are jointly establishing a research facility that will focus on the area of large-scale parallel computing.

Dubbed the UW/IBM Facility for Scientific and Deep Computing, the facility will be used by the university to conduct advanced research primarily in physics, chemistry, earth science and mechanical engineering. The university will also use the research facility to help develop computational science curriculum for undergraduate teaching.

IBM is providing the university with an in-kind contribution in excess of $1 million in the form of software and high-performance hardware, including an IBM RS/6000 SP supercomputer.

“It is our goal to establish a premier site for the use of supercomputing to address problems in scientific computation and for the preparation of highly trained people who will meet the needs of an environment driven by emerging technologies,” says David Johnston, president of the University of Waterloo. “This facility will greatly enhance the data analysis and capabilities of our researchers.”