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November 4, 1999
NEW COMPUTER LAB PARTNERS SDSM& T WITH SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC. – DEDICATION TO TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 9
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) has collaborated with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to form SunTech, a high performance computing lab, made possible by a donation from Sun Microsystems of computer equipment valued at $ 250,000. On Tuesday, November 9, at 10: 00 am SDSM& T President Dr. Richard Gowen and John Fowler, Director of Product Engineering at Sun Microsystems, Inc. will speak at a dedication ceremony for the new SunTech lab. The dedication will take place in McLaury, room 213.
“ This collaborative research with Sun has given us here at Tech 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. “ 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 community.”
Tech faculty and graduate students working with SunTech 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 equipped the campus with. 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.
Sun Microsystems, Inc. is a $ 11.5 billion company with offices in 150 countries. Sun provides systems, software, storage, support and services to clients worldwide. Their collaborative research with Tech supports their community investment initiative to further the use of technology in education. For additional information about Sun, visit their website at www. sun. com.
For more information about the dedication of the SunTech lab on November 9, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554.
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