Learning is supersonic at Mississippi State University, where students have one of the world’s fastest academic supercomputer systems at their fingertips.





MSU Shatters the Speed Limit as a Top Supercomputer Site

In today’s information age, speed and technology drive innovation and economic advantage. At Mississippi State University, students have an edge in learning and hands-on experience with an academic supercomputer system so fast, it can accomplish 593 trillion computations a second.

What can students do with a system like this? The question is, what CAN’T they do?

MSU’s supercomputer system supports multiple academic disciplines, including fluid and structural mechanics, nanophysics, genomics and bioinformatics. Students studying molecular modeling, transportation modeling and planning, and weather and ocean modeling are able to advance their studies and prepare for careers with the support of cutting-edge technology.

The supercomputer is a cluster of hardware and software, aggregating hundreds of computers to harness their collective capabilities for solving large, complex problems. Its superpower elevates Mississippi State to among the 20 fastest academic systems in the United States.

Clustering to create supercomputers is an area Mississippi State pioneered when the university began researching with clusters in 1987.

Today, MSU’s high-performance computing system supports shared research at the university’s centers for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Computational Sciences and Cyber Innovation, as well as the Geosystems Research Institute, the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute and the university’s Northern Gulf Institute, which focuses on solving large-scale conservation problems.

Setting this state-of-the-art system apart are speed and capability that lead to significant cost efficiencies.

The system is the result of a decades-long legacy the university has built for solving real-world problems through technology and ingenuity. For example, NASA conferred with MSU to resolve safety concerns with Senator John Glenn’s 1998 space mission. When the Navy needed a better submarine, Mississippi State students and faculty designed it.

Mississippi State has also helped build a better, safer cradle for Chevrolet’s new Corvette, assisted Homeland Security with cyber strategies, administered supercomputing programs at the Department of Defense and tracked weather and climate patterns for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.



“Businesses and organizations addressing worldwide issues can work with any academic resource in the world, and they choose to work with us,” says Breckenridge. “Why? Because MSU offers a unique combination of premier supercomputing technology and cross-campus collaboration paired with some of the best problem-solving minds in the country.”



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