James Myers, who currently serves as associate director for cyberenvironments at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, has been selected to lead the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) at Rensselaer.
“Today’s information technologies drive new discovery and scientific breakthroughs. Jim Myers brings a wealth of experience and strategic vision in these technologies to the CCNI and to Rensselaer.” Fran Berman
Computational resources at CCNI support at-scale modeling, simulation, and analysis in a broad spectrum of computational science and engineering disciplines. CCNI systems consist of massively parallel IBM Blue Gene supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters, providing in aggregate more than 100 teraflops of computing power.
“Today’s information technologies drive new discovery and scientific breakthroughs. Jim Myers brings a wealth of experience and strategic vision in these technologies to the CCNI and to Rensselaer,” said Vice President for Research Fran Berman. “We are excited that Jim will be joining us and we look forward to his leadership of CCNI.”
“Jim Myers’ strong grounding in a variety of scientific areas and his broad experience in developing data and computationally intensive infrastructure to support leading-edge research in HPC environments makes him an ideal candidate to lead the CCNI,” said John Kolb ’79, Rensselaer’s vice president for information services and technology and chief information officer.
“Dr. Jim Myers’ expertise in optimizing the use of high-performance computing platforms as well as his world-class researcher status makes him a key asset in the high- performance computing initiative in New York. One of the main goals of this collaboration between IBM, RPI, and NYS is to provide businesses, both large and small, the access and technical assistance to facilitate complex research which will allow them to enhance and grow their global competitiveness,” said Edward Reinfurt, executive director of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation.
Open source software developed by Myers and his colleagues under U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research funding includes collaborative portals, workflow tools, scientific content management middleware, remote instrument control software, an electronic laboratory notebook, real-time collaboration tools, and data translation and metadata extraction tools that collectively have been used by thousands of researchers and educators.
Myers received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University.
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