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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 1999
NEW SDSM& T COMPUTER LAB - DEDICATION TO TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 9
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) has entered into a
research collaboration with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to investigate new areas in
high performance computing. As part of the project, SDSM& T is opening a new
computer lab, made possible by Sun Microsystems through a donation of computer
equipment and research funding together valued at over $ 400,000. On Tuesday,
November 9, at 10: 00 am SDSM& T President Dr. Richard Gowen and John Fowler,
Director of Product Engineering, Internet Applications and Performance Tools,
Sun Microsystems will speak at a dedication ceremony for the new lab. The
dedication will take place in McLaury, room 213.
" This collaborative research with Sun has given us here at SDSM& T the chance to work on state- of- the- art equipment on some very hard problems," said Dr. Toni
Logar, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at SDSM& T. " We will be building tools for high performance computing and will be working on cutting- edge
research that will benefit a wide cross section of the scientific computing
" Sun's partnership with higher education is well recognized and a key ingredient
to our success," said John Fowler, Director of Engineering, Internet
Applications and Performance Tools, Sun Microsystems. " The establishment of the
new computer lab at The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology provides
faculty and students with an advanced research facility and will provide Sun
with important new technology for our line of WorkShop high performance
SDSM& T faculty and graduate students working on the research collaboration come from the mathematics and computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and humanities departments. This core group will be working with the equipment through the semester, and beginning in the spring will open it up to faculty
campus- wide. The group hopes that each department will take advantage of the
considerable computing power Sun has provided to the campus. For example, the
atmospheric scientists can run weather models on the equipment which usually are
run off- site, saving them time and gaining flexibility in their research.
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Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The ComputerTM
-- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. ( Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a
leading provider of high- quality hardware, software and services for
establishing enterprise- wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet.
With $ 11.7 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150
countries and on the World Wide Web at www. sun. com.
For more information about the dedication of the new computer lab on November 9, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554.
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