Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems. The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations, and computer-generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-intensive discovery and multi-scale interdisciplinary approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering are generating knowledge. The speed at which scientific disciplines now advance depends in large part on how effectively researchers collaborate with one another, and with expert technologists, in areas including: workflow management, data management, data mining, decision support, visualization, and cloud computing. The University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS) provides a nexus where all of these approaches are integrated in support of scientific research.
Since its inception in 2007, CCS has rapidly emerged as a leading center providing a cyber infrastructure that addresses major research challenges. To date, more than 1,500 University of Miami faculty, students, and research staff have collaborated with CCS on a diverse, and often interdisciplinary, set of projects—many funded by highly competitive research grants. CCS provides extraordinary intellectual, hardware, and software resources to our partners across the entire University, and beyond, including national and international partners who work in fields such as: such as smart cities, big data analytics, precision medicine, climate change and environmental hazards, computational economics, and social systems informatics, to name a few.
With expertise in nine focus areas: Advanced Computing, Big Data Analytics & Data Mining, Climate & Environmental Hazards, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Drug Discovery, Social Systems Informatics, Software Engineering, Visualization, and our newest focus area: Smart Cities, CCS enables the effective and efficient dissemination of information, and offers high-level data management and the creation of custom software solutions. Recognizing the central role of an ever-growing body of data, CCS supports a very large state-of-the-art data storage system. “Pegasus”, our largest supercomputer, has already provided over 90 million CPU hours to research projects, with a utilization rate near 85%.
Thinking and working across disciplines is an innovative approach to education itself, and CCS has had a breakthrough year in interdisciplinary research: obtaining major funding, national recognition, and significant visibility within the university community. We are proud to be collaborating with industrial and other external partners, and welcome new relationships to find innovative solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.
Dr. Nicholas Tsinoremas
CCS Center Director
An international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics, Dr. Tsinoremas brings over 30 years of academic and industrial experience to the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science.