Don Brown

U.Va.’s New $2.4M Computing Cluster to Enhance, Facilitate Big Data Research

  ITS computer engineer Adam Munro oversees the operation of the new computer cluster, which was unveiled Thursday.  (Photo: Sanjay Suchak)

Its name is Rivanna, and it’s the University of Virginia’s new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, a high-performance machine – really a combination of linked high-power computers (hence, “cluster”) – designed to greatly enhance and establish computationally intensive and data-intensive research at the University.

IBM Partnership to Help U.Va. Students Grasp Booming Opportunities in ‘Big Data’

  U.Va. is among 30 new schools entering into an Academic Initiative with IBM this month to help create big data and analytics-focused curricula.  (Photo: Dan Addison)

The ability to mine large quantities of data for helpful nuggets of useful information is in great demand; a report from Gartner Inc. estimates that 4.4 million “big data” jobs will be created worldwide by 2015.

To help prepare University of Virginia students to fill those needs, the University is among 30 new schools entering into an Academic Initiative with IBM this month to help create big data and analytics-focused curricula.

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