HPC MSU

Research Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives at the HPC²

CAVS - The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems mission is to research and develop manufacturing and design means and methods for producing vehicles of superior quality with advanced features and functions at superior costs, focusing on computational tools and exploiting the underlying technologies for broader industrial use. The mission also includes engineering extension, education, and advanced technical training outreach for industry. In Starkville, CAVS research and development activities are based on three factors: industrial needs and priorities; opportunities for CAVS to provide added value; and opportunities to build on the state's investment by securing external funding related to broadening the reach of technologies. The CAVS Extension Center at Canton, MS provides direct engineering support for Nissan and its major suppliers; engineering extension work for Mississippi's manufacturers; workforce development, education, and training; and business systems and information technologies.

CBI - The Center for Battlefield Innovation is dedicated to developing cutting-edge solutions for the nationís armed forces. The mission of CBI is to speed the flow of innovation to defense and security problems by directly connecting teams of academic, government, and industry experts to tackle specific, important issues.

CCS - The mission of the Center for Computational Sciences is to enhance the applicability and usability of simulations involving interacting physical, chemical, biological, and engineering phenomena by developing integrated computational environments and crosscutting tools that synergistically couple information technology with computation science and engineering.

GRI - The mission of the Geosystems Research Institute is to understand Earth's natural and managed systems and provide comprehensive solutions for socioeconomic and environmental requirements, leading to an improved quality and life. The computational engineering goals of the Geosystems Research Institute are designed to derive geoinformation from geospatial data, develop a fuller understanding of the information through mesoscale modeling and visualization, and provide information servicees to the geospatial science and user community through computational libraries. Using the infrastructure and expertise of one of the largest computing centers (HPC²) in the United States, the GRI provides capabilities in remote sensing computational technologies, visualization techniques, natural resource management, and the transition of these into operational agency research, planning, and decision-support programs. With its multi-disciplinary team of researchers and educators, the GRI has developed nationally recognized research strengths, with strong relationships and inherent respect from state, regional, and national agencies and business entities.

IGBB - The mission of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing & Biotechnology is to increase the ability of Mississippi scientists to lead high-throughput, multi-disciplinary projects focused on understanding the biomolecular interactions underlying the diversity, value, and sustainability of species of agricultural, medical, bioenergy, and/or ecological importance. The IGBB provides researchers access to a team of highly-skilled professionals trained in cutting edge genomics, proteomics, and high performance computing principles and techniques. The IGBB team not only generates molecular data using state-of-the-art equipment, but works with investigators to efficiently derive biological knowledge from that data. Specific goals of the IGBB include:

  • Conducting scientific research that meets the needs of society and further enhances the unique strengths of MS State;
  • Attracting and retaining outstanding faculty and students at MS State;
  • Offering researchers at MS State and elsewhere the opportunity to collaborate with the IGBB's genomics, proteomics, and computational biology experts;
  • Helping principal investigators leverage the experience and expertise of the IGBB to make their research programs more productive, increase the number and scientific impact of their publications, and enhance their ability to procure extramural funding;
  • Supporting educational activities that enhance the abilities of students and faculty to succeed in the multi-disciplinary fields of computational biology, genomics, and biotechnology.

NGI - The mission of the Northern Gulf Institute is to conduct high-impact research and education programs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region focused on integration - integration of the land-coast-ocean-atmosphere continuum; integration of research to operations; and integration of individual organizational strengths into a holistic program. The program shall measurably contribute to the recovery and future health, safety, resilience and productivity of the region, through sustained research and applications in a geospatial and ecosystem context.


The HPC2 was home to PET, or the Center for DoD User Productivity Enhancement and Technology Transfer ( http://www.hpc.msstate.edu/pet ) whose mission was to bring university research results and expertise to bear in collaborative assistance and training for DoD users as part of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The HPCMP included four Major Shared Resource Centers (MSRCs), or "supercomputing" centers: U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen, MD; U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) at Dayton, OH; U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) at Vicksburg, MS; Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) at Stennis Space Center, MS. The four MSRCs were used by researchers at DoD centers and at universities and industries with DoD contracts all over the country. The PET program brought top-level HPC expertise from universities to bear in support of these DoD researchers. The team led by Mississippi State University consisted of 12 universities and 4 industrial partners."