About the GPU COE at The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University was awarded an NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence in 2011 for its innovative use of CUDA enabled GPUs for data-intensive science projects. The GPU COE complements a $2.2M grant from the National Science Foundation towards the design and construction of the Data-Scope, a novel data-supercomputer, with its unique combination of storage, fast I/O and stream-processing capability, using GPUs in an unusual setting. At the Institute for Data-Intensive Engineering and Science, JHU scientists are probing large scientific data sets from many different disciplines, including astronomy, turbulence, fluid dynamics, and molecular dynamics. At the School of Medicine, radiologists are also using GPUs in various areas ranging from radiology to radiation oncology.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (located at the JHU campus) is also recognized as a Founding Partner in the GPU Center of Excellence.

About the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES)
IDIES was established by JHU in 2008, to connect faculty, postdocs and students across the University in developing a scientific approach to data intensive science. IDIES currently has more than 50 faculty actively involved in collaborative activities, ranging from engineering and multi-scale systems to physical sciences and computational biology. IDIES also play a central role in coordinating and sharing HPC resources, including a 100-GPU Tesla cluster and the 5PB Data-Scope.

About the PI
Alex Szalay is the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a cosmologist, working on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. He is Project Director of the NSF-funded National Virtual Observatory. He has written over 500 papers in various scientific journals, covering areas from theoretical cosmology to observational astronomy, spatial statistics and computer science.  He is a Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recipient of an Alexander Von Humboldt Award in Physical Sciences, and a Microsoft Award for Technical Computing.

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