Celebrating the CCNI
In the true spirit of the computer age, Rensselaer celebrated the grand opening of the world’s most powerful university-based supercomputer with a “virtual” ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.
The “physical” celebration, which was held on the Rensselaer campus, began with a presidential colloquy involving five of the country’s foremost leaders in science, technology, and innovation. The colloquy was followed by a “virtual” grand opening via video link to the Rensselaer Technology Park, where the primary elements of the supercomputer are housed.
The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI), the result of a $100 million partnership involving Rensselaer, IBM, and New York state, was recently ranked seventh in the world, and it is the most powerful of any system based exclusively at a university, according to the 29th edition of the closely watched Top500 list.
The colloquy, titled “The Future of Computationally Enabled Discovery and Innovation,” included the Honorable John H. Marburger III, Science Adviser to the President, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; the Honorable Arden L. Bement Jr., director of the National Science Foundation; John Kelly III ’78, senior vice president and director of research, IBM Corporation; Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering. The colloquy was led by President Jackson.