Advancing Interdisciplinary Computational Research

An NSF grant will fund a high-performance computing cluster to support research by professors David Trubatch, Charles Du and Stefan Robila (not pictured).An NSF grant will fund a high-performance computing cluster to support research by professors David Trubatch, Charles Du and Stefan Robila (not pictured).

An interdisciplinary team of Montclair State researchers led by Computer Science Professor Stefan Robila, Mathematical Sciences Professor David Trubatch and Biology Professor Charles Du recently received a $497,000 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant to purchase a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.

The HPC, slated for installation in January 2017, will support a wide range of research and educational activities of investigators from across the University. These include projects focused on everything from the realistic simulation of magnetic fluid flows to model magnetic drug targeting, from modeling, simulation and control of stochastic dynamics to automatic machine recognition of idiomatic and deceptive language.

“It not only maintains, but actually increases, the momentum of computing-enabled research at Montclair State.” –David Trubatch

“This powerful machine will greatly enhance my research productivity,” says Du, who is working on an NSF-funded genomics project involving the sequence assembly, annotation and mapping of millions of short reads of DNA data.

“Today, high-performance computing systems and software are critical in advancing knowledge in most scientific disciplines,” says Robila. “This award allows the University to enhance its computing infrastructure and support cutting-edge research. By exposing students to the latest generation computing environments, it also gives them valuable hands-on, pre-professional experience.”

“The new system is a significant advance in computing capacity, with the specific computing needs of several on-campus researchers taken into account,” explains Trubatch. “It not only maintains, but actually increases, the momentum of computing-enabled research at Montclair State.”