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Rensselaer’s Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations is one of three supercomputing centers in the New York State High-Performance Computing Consortium. Photo by Mark McCarty


Competitive Advantage Through High-Performance Computing

Leaders in academia, industry, and government will meet at Rensselaer next month to discuss strategies for leveraging the awesome power of supercomputers to drive growth, innovation, and competitive advantage for American companies.

The discussions are part of a three-day national workshop titled “Providing Competitive Advantage to Industry Through High-Performance Computing: Accomplishments and a Path Forward.” The conference, held by the New York State High Performance Computing Consortium (HPC2), will take place Oct. 26-28 at Rensselaer. HPC2 is a partnership between science and education organization NYSERNet, Rensselaer, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

“Although substantial progress has been made in recent years, the industrial use of HPC is not as advanced, widespread, or effective as it should be,” said conference chair John Kolb ’79, chief information officer and vice president for information services and technology. “This unique workshop will provide a status report of New York’s forward-thinking efforts to boost innovation and competitiveness though investments in HPC, along with an opportunity to discuss what efforts are needed to further expand the impact of HPC in industry.”

The workshop’s executive summit, on Friday, Oct. 28, will feature a panel discussion led by
President Shirley Ann Jackson. The conversation will explore topics surrounding the untapped potential of HPC in industrial competitiveness and innovation for manufacturing and other sectors. Confirmed participants are:

Shirley Ann Jackson (Moderator)
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Deborah Wince-Smith
President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness
Robert Brammer
Vice President for Advanced Technology, Northrop Grumman
David Galas
Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Institute for Systems Biology
John Kelly ’78
Senior Vice President and Director, IBM Research

The first two days of the event will feature technical sessions highlighting successful and leading-edge applications of HPC and massively parallel computing in industry. Additional sessions will identify challenges related to realizing business value from HPC, and explore potential strategies to overcome these hurdles.

HPC2 is a partnership between NYSERNet, a private not-for-profit corporation created to foster science and education in New York, and three
supercomputing centers: the Rensselaer Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, Stony Brook University/Brookhaven National Laboratory’s New York Center for Computational Sciences, and the University at Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research.

The goal of HPC2 is to increase New York state’s competitiveness in research and development, provide education, outreach, and training in simulation-based engineering science, and help support job growth in New York.

Along with HPC2, sponsors of the workshop are IBM, Empire State Development Corporation, NYSERNet, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook
University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Rensselaer, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office. For more information on high-performance computing research by HPC2 partners, visit To see the program and registration information, go to

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