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UC’s Advanced Research Computing Center gets $857K boost

NSF funding helps expand the research capabilities across the university

Prashant Khare portrait

Prashant Khare is leading the effort to expand the Advanced Research Computing center.

The University of Cincinnati has received $600,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to grow the Advanced Research Computing center (ARC), which was created in 2019 by UC’s Office of Research to accelerate computational and data-enabled research throughout the entire university. Along with the mandatory cost-share, half of which was supported by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the total investment in ARC in the next three years will be $857,000.  

“This support from NSF provides the much-needed computational resources to support the groundbreaking discoveries and innovation by researchers across the campus,” said Prashant Khare, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and the principal investigator of this NSF grant. Khare is also the co-founder and the chair of the faculty advisory committee of the ARC.

This additional high-performance computing equipment and storage will bolster the center’s support of UC researchers who are experiencing increased data and analysis needs across the fields of basic sciences, engineering, medicine, arts, social sciences and beyond. 

“This funding will not only enable high-impact research but also tremendously contribute to the development and training of computational scientists and engineers of the future,” Khare said. “This will play a significant role in realizing our vision of making UC the hub for computations in the coming decade, further strengthening UC’s leadership as a top-class research university.”

This funding will not only enable high-impact research but also tremendously contribute to the development and training of computational scientists and engineers of the future.

Prashant Khare, co-founder of ARC

In addition to providing resources to researchers, the ARC also serves as a training ground to prepare students for a rapidly changing and technology-focused professional environment. 

“UC students entering the workforce must acquire technical skills for emerging fields — our region, especially, has the demand for high-performance/high-throughput computationally trained graduates to fill the ever-burgeoning needs of such professionals,” Khare said. “These are no longer the jobs of the future — the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this fact.” 

Khare is also the principal investigator of a U.S. Office of Naval Research project that focuses on computational sciences relevant to the Navy and associated student training to identify technical skills lacking in new employees. He said the Navy’s need is echoed throughout the workforce. 

The ARC initiative is a collaboration between the Office of Research, University of Cincinnati faculty, the Office of Information Technologies technical and research services teams, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences technical staff, Indiana University Information Technology Service’s Chief HPC Systems Architect, and XSEDE Capabilities and Resource Integration HPC Systems Administration staff. This is the first high-performance computing (HPC) center on UC’s campus and will play a vital role in realizing the vision and goals of the Next Lives Here initiative.

Featured image at top: Baldwin Hall on UC's campus. Photo/Corrie Mayer/CEAS Marketing.