The University of Calgary has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard,
the Alberta Government and others to create a computing
research centre worth nearly $3 million, U of C’s
Campus News reported last month. The HP Grid Research Centre
will improve the management and effectiveness of grid computing,
an emerging field that builds computing power by linking
systems for simulations and other complex tasks. Other
partners in the research centre include Netera Alliance,
BigBangwidth and WestGrid.
The centre’s proponents say it will attract some
of the world’s best researchers and play a vital
role in furthering the type of research that’s dependent
upon high-performance, technical computing technologies.
Campus News also reports in the Feb. 6 issue that WestGrid
is already helping biomedical engineering work at the university.
Researchers are reducing the time and costs involved in
developing new heart-healing drugs and devices, thanks
to the elaborate heart simulations run on the grid.