Pacific Northwest growing into big data hot spot


The University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are forming a new partnership. Known as the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, "it will research system design, data-driven science, modeling, and simulation, and provide training in the computational tools," according to a recent article in Xconomy. The institute will be located at the University of Washington.

Doug Ray, associate director of PNNL's Fundamental & Computational Sciences Directorate, said in the article, that as huge amounts of new data are generated daily by scientific instruments and household electronics, new technologies and approaches are needed to give that information more meaning.

The institute hopes to produce more computer science graduates with in-demand skills, feeding a growing sector in need of qualified minds. Longer-term plans include collaboration with private big data companies in the area, the article said.

The new group will make use of existing computational resources, such as the eScience Institute's Hyak supercomputer, and the Olympus supercomputer at PNNL.

For more:
- see the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announcement

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