September 3 , 1999

Brookhaven Lab and SUNY Stony Brook Establish Center
for Data-Intensive Computing

UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook have established the Center for Data-Intensive Computing at Brookhaven's campus. The center joins the computational and software expertise in the Departments of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at SUNY Stony Brook with Brookhaven's capability for handling and storing large amounts of data.

James Glimm, Distinguished Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at SUNY Stony Brook, has been named director of the new center. Commenting on the center's mission of addressing national needs and Brookhaven programs, he said, "The center will contribute to data-intensive computing in numerous scientific endeavors, from physics, biology and combustion chemistry to meteorology and atmospheric measurements. For example, trying to connect the amount of pollution in the air, so-called aerosols, to global warming requires data-intensive computations. The center can also be useful to academic institutions or businesses that are doing large studies."

Peter Paul, Brookhaven's Deputy Director for Science and Technology, said, "This collaboration between Brookhaven Lab and SUNY Stony Brook builds on the strengths of both institutions to serve the needs of both. Brookhaven is greatly expanding its capability in large data-handling through the computing facility of its newest accelerator, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). When RHIC becomes fully functional early next year, it will produce enormous amounts of data from collisions that simulate the very early universe. Also, BNL is one of the national data centers for ATLAS, the detector that will be used in an accelerator now under construction at the European laboratory CERN. The Lab needs to expand its capabilities in computational technology as well."

Working closely with the National Institutes of Health, Brookhaven is fast becoming an international center for determining the structures of biological proteins. Researchers from around the world use Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source for this purpose. The flood of data coming from all areas of science, together with requirements for medical imaging, will require a revolution in data handling and processing.

As Jim Glimm explained, "The Center for Data-Intensive Computing also will work on expanding computational power for the Lab and the region through networked computing using both on-site computers and off-site computers from all over the world."

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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