Jacobson's Repurposing Supercomputers Article Published in CIO Review

Government and industry alike invest heavily in massive computer systems to satisfy the insatiable demand for compute power of today’s society. Compared to other types of equipment, computers have an unusually short life-span. After only a few years of operation most computers are replaced with faster, better, systems. With all this hardware being continuously decommissioned, where does it all go? 

Andree Jacobson, CIO for the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) wrote about the fate of these decommissioned supercomputers in the February 2016 publication of CIO Review. To read his article, Repurposing Supercomputers: What happens on "The Other Side" click here

Jacobson speaks at NMAC Legislative Conference

The New Mexico Association of Counties (AMAC) held the 2016 Legislative Conference January 19-21, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The conference was attended by over 800 county elected officials, county employees, and state officials from throughout New Mexico with the purpose of attending meetings and engaging in conversation on issues facing counties today. Besides meeting with colleagues, this conference offers an opportunity to present county perspectives to our legislators. Those in attendance included the governor, the congressional delegation, state elected officials, cabinet secretaries, and state legislators.

Andree Jacobson, the Chief Information Officer for the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) attended the conference by invitation of the NMAC IT group. Jacobson spoke January 21 on the topic of “NMC - Statewide Collaborations”. He gave a summary of the NMC, research activities, PRObE, and how the NMC uses broadband internet connections to support it’s activities.

You can view the NMAC Legislative Conference Program here

PRObE Wins Best Paper Award at Supercomputing 2014!

The NMC is proud to announce that the years Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) Conference Best Paper Award went to "Scaling File System Metadata Performance with Stateless Caching and Bulk Insertion," written by Kai Ren, Qing Zheng, Swapnil Patil, and Garth Gibson from Carnegie Mellon University.

SC14, an international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, celebrated the contributions of researchers in a special awards session.  These awards were for researchers just starting their careers as well as those whose contributions have made lasting impacts. More on the SC14 awards can be found on the award announcement here.

This research was made possible in part by use of PRObE resources.

Paper, slides and code release: http://www.pdl.cmu.edu/indexfs

PRObE attends Supercomputing 2014 Conference

The New Mexico Consortium's (NMC) Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment (PRObE) project was proud to be a part of the University of New Mexico (UNM) booth at this year's Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) Conference from November 14-21, 2014. 

SC14 is the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. This conference, which this year had over 10,160 attendees, celebrates the contributions of researchers in the supercomputing field. This year's SC14 was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Andree Jacobson, NMC's Computer and Information Systems Manager and the project manager for the PRObE project, attended SC14 and had a presence at the UNM booth.  This conference provides innumerable networking opportunities. At the booth PRObE could show attendees how unique this large-scale and highly instrumental systems research community is and that it is available for researchers to use both remotely and locally.  

While at the conference the NMC also put on the Birds-of-a-Feather session, which were attended by current and prospective users. These two sessions offered PRObE updates and PRObE tutorials as well as the opportunity to meet other PRObE users, ask questions and receive news.