Big data and high performance computing system to catalyze Delaware research and education

An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Rudolf (Rudi) Eigenmann, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a major computational and data resource at the University of Delaware.

The goal is to enable and accelerate progress in the sciences and address grand challenges facing society. UD will partner with regional universities, colleges, health institutions and the private sector to use the new resource for research, development and education to benefit Delawareans and beyond.

DARWIN (Delaware Advanced Research Workforce and Innovation Network) will complement ongoing UD initiatives focused on improving and enhancing networking, storage, and compute infrastructure. UD launched a Data Science Institute in 2018 and has a growing number of faculty and students who utilize high-performance computing resources.

DARWIN will be designed to enable research across disciplines, such as problems that involve large data transfers, use advanced graphics accelerators, require new operating modes and more. It will also serve to train students and researchers on computational and data-intensive methods, and enhance these skills in the greater Delaware region.

“Today, computational and data-intensive methods push the forefronts of science in almost all disciplines,” said Eigenmann, the project’s principal investigator. “DARWIN will help keep the University of Delaware at these forefronts.”

The project’s Co-PIs are: