Intel funds Ohio State professor’s research

October 12, 2012

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Dhabaleswar K. “DK” Panda

The Intel Corporation recently made a gift of $50,000 to The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, in support of Professor Dhabaleswar K. “DK” Panda’s research in the area of enhanced supercomputer connectivity.

“Intel’s gift will fund our work designing software to enhance connectivity between supercomputers groups—known as clusters—for high-performance computing,” said Panda. “We have been working on these problems for the last 12 years, and are excited to have the software used on the 10 Petaflop Stampede supercomputer being installed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), which will be deployed next year."

Supercomputers like Stampede—with top comprehensive computing and visualization capabilities—help the nation's scientists tackle the most challenging scientific and engineering problems through computer modeling. According to TACC, high-performance computer modeling has become the “third pillar” of scientific discovery, allowing scientists to explore phenomenon that are too big, small, fast, or dangerous to investigate in the laboratory.

"Stampede will be one of the most powerful systems in the world and will be uniquely comprehensive in its technological capabilities," said TACC Director Jay Boisseau. "Many researchers will leverage Stampede not only for massive computational calculations, but for all of their scientific computing, including visualization, data analysis, and data-intensive computing."

“We are very excited to be a part of this project,” said Panda. “The gift from Intel will help us rapidly propel our research and be a part of Stampede’s monumental achievement in computational science.”

Ohio State’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering has excelled in both research and education since 1968. U.S. News and World Report ranks the department among the top 15 computer science departments at a public institution in the United States.

Ohio State’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers multiple undergraduate degree programs, empowering students to pursue the education that meets their career goals. The computer science degree combines a rigorous computing program with exposure to many different areas of engineering and general education. Typically students study the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures, principles of programming languages, systems software design, computer architecture, database and file designs, artificial intelligence, computer graphics and software engineering.