Center for High Performance Computing

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Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tel: (804) 827-0026
Fax: (804) 828-1961

The Center for High Performance Computing (CHiPC) is located on the third floor of Grace E. Harris Hall. The facility, which occupies approximately 2000 square feet, includes a 1000 Sq. Ft. Data Center capable of containing more than 9600 High performance processors along with offices,meeting space, and a work area to support HPC instruction.

Center staff includes:

  • Faculty Director

  • Technical Director

  • 2.5 Operating Systems Analysts

  • 1 Applications Analyst

  • 1 Bioinformatics Specialist

  • 1 Physical Sciences Specialist

  • 2 Student Workers

The mission of the Center for High Performance Computing is to advance scientific research at VCU in areas that benefit from large-scale computation.

These include, for example, first principles determination of the structure and properties of nanoscale systems and clusters consisting of thousands of atoms, modeling of biological systems using techniques from physical sciences, mathematical modeling of the motility of certain parasites, and macromolecules. The CHiPC will provide the supercomputing clusters, large-scale storage systems, specialized software, and technical expertise in code optimization and parallelization.