Department of Mathematics and Computer Science part of NSF grant for JetStream project

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has become part of the $6.6 million dollar Jetstream project through the National Science Foundation. The project will impact the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff research and training infrastructure by providing faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students who have appropriate knowledge tangible resources to make great and immediate strides in their research activities, particularly around visualizing, modeling scientific large-scale datasets.

“The project will add cloud-based computation to the national cyberinfrastructure,” said Dr. Jessie Walker, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at UAPB. “Researchers will be able to leverage Jetstream to create virtual machines on the remote resource that look and feel like their lab workstation or home machine, but are able to harness thousands of times the computing power.”

Other benefits of the partnership include enhancement of the existing large-scale research activities at UAPB to take advantage of parallel computing and visualization capabilities, particularly utilizing cloud computing resources. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will lead efforts within the project to expand the community of minority-serving institutions leveraging national/local supercomputing resources hosted on Jetstream. The department will also serve as a hosting site for cloud resources via its existing cyberinfrastructure – the Apollo supercomputer. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is a national pioneer among HBCUs, particularly because of its early adoption of cloud computing and high-performance computing technologies in both its curriculum and research activities – Jetstream will leverage these valuable assets in working with diverse communities.

The project will result in immediate curriculum opportunities for students attending UAPB, particularly undergraduate programs in data engineering, a new applied mathematics program with a minor in bioinformatics, as well as a new graduate track within data sciences.

Led by Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), partners for the project include the University of Chicago, the University of Arizona, University of Texas at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University; University of Hawaii; the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina and the National Center for Genome Analysis Support.

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