Texas A&M joins the Intel Parallel Computing Center Program

a computer simulation of sand flowing through porous rock

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Texas A&M University’s High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) center was recently named an Intel® Parallel Computing Center, or Intel® PCC.

portrait of Honggao Liu

Honggao Liu

The Intel PCC program provides funding to universities, institutions and research labs to modernize key community codes used across a wide range of disciplines to run on current state-of-the-art parallel architectures. The primary focus is to modernize applications to increase parallelism and scalability through optimizations that leverage cores, caches, threads, and vector capabilities of microprocessors and coprocessors.

HPRC will work to develop open-source software focusing on simulation of flows through micropores, such as those found in rocks involved in oil and gas extraction, by extending OpenFOAM, a popular open-source simulation software.

Texas A&M Vice President for Research Glen A. Laine said, “Working with Intel not only benefits Texas A&M by giving us access to Intel’s vast expertise, but it also benefits our researchers involved in the project, the entire research enterprise at Texas A&M, as well as future users of the enhancements that HPRC works to develop.”

In becoming an IPCC, Texas A&M joins other universities in the country including Stanford University, Princeton University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Indiana University, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center, among others.

“HPRC is proud to be recognized as an Intel Parallel Computing Center,” said Honggao Liu, director of High Performance Research Computing. “At HPRC we use high-performance computing to unite experts in numerous fields of study. This grant and multi-disciplinary project will allow us to better understand and solve issues within this critical software.”

“Code modernization for scientific and industrial research is critical to advancing the pace of discovery and innovation,” said Charles Wuischpard, vice president and general manager of High Performance Computing Platforms Group at Intel.  “Texas A&M joining the Intel® Parallel Computing Center program will have significant impact on modernizing OpenFOAM codes for Intel architecture with broad and lasting influence on the community for years to come”

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