Texas Tech University

Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) promotes research and teaching by integrating leading-edge high-performance computing and visualization for the faculty, staff, and students of Texas Tech University/Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, as well as advance disciplinary diversity, partnerships, and excellence.

Vision Statement

The HPCC will facilitate research and aid in educational advancement by integrating leading edge, high-performance computing and visualization to individual administrative units, as well as multidisciplinary units across campus. The Center will embrace this disciplinary diversity by creating partnerships, supporting and servicing all high-performance computers on campus. It will ensure that Texas Tech retains superior computing and visualization facilities.

Goals, Critical Success Factors, and Objectives (including Strategies and Assessments)

Goal 1.Technological Innovation for HPC and Visualization: Continue to promote technological innovation.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

  • Obtain computing capabilities of 10 (1.6) TFLOPS.
  • Move from top 50 to top 25 in Academic High-Performance Computing.

Objectives:

Objective 1.1: Obtain additional computing and visualization resources.
Strategies:
  • Expand cluster.
  • Evaluate and possibly acquire new shared-memory machine.
  • Increase funding by $300,000 ($150,000 per year) to maintain and upgrade cluster (replacement cycle every 3 years).
  • Continue to promote purchase of shared resources like Community Cluster.
Objective 1.2: Make tools and techniques developed for supercomputing and visualization available to the entire HPC community at Texas Tech University.
Strategies:
  • Interact closely with researchers on campus.
  • Work in conjunction with other departments on visualization techniques.
  • Encourage usage of Grid computing.
  • Use new tools, techniques, and methodologies in multi-disciplinary research
Objective 1.3: Maintain hardware and software capabilities.
Strategies:
  • Keep hardware support contracts current.
  • Update software to minimize downtime.
  • Provide constant monitoring of the resources requested on the SGI/Cray, the Virtual Reality Theater, and future resources.

Goal 2. Expansion of Funding: Explore expansion of funding options.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

  • Enhance research-based funding to $250,000 per year.
  • Increase University HPC related funding to $3 million per year, ($2 million/year).
  • Expand usage of Grid Computations.

Objectives:

Objectives 2.1: Increase involvement in new computing methods
Strategies:
  • Build off involvement in multi-university collaborative projects like TIGRE and LEARN to expand the University's opportunity for funding.
  • Assist in preparing Tier2 proposal.
Objective 2.2: Facilitate multidisciplinary research to increase funding for HPC and visualization.
Strategies:
  • Sponsor internal conferences for the benefit of faculty and students.
  • Aid in the preparation of grants that require high-performance computing or high-performance visualization.
  • Invite outside speakers on high-performance and grid computing to increase the knowledge base of HPCC personnel and TTU faculty.

Goal 3. Personnel: Recruit and retain high-caliber personnel.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

  • Maintain a low attrition rate.
  • Expand staff size by 10 FTE (Full-time Equivalent).

Objectives:

Objective 3.1: Recruit and retain a talented staff.
Strategies:
  • Encourage qualified faculty within the department to attend professional meetings and share the knowledge gained with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Create departmental policies and procedures manual that conforms to the University OP manuals.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art resources.
  • Maintain competitive salary, benefits, and opportunities vis-à-vis peers.
Objective 3.2: Increase staff size by 10 and research assistants by 8 to meet needs, and add capabilities to the HPCC.
Strategies:
  • Encourage other research projects to contribute to the cost of HPC.
  • Encourage multidisciplinary projects.
  • Increase HPC visibility by writing articles for the newspaper and by publicizing successes.
  • Increase capabilities of staff to deliver user services.

Goal 4. Integration: Continue efforts toward integration and collaboration of high-performance computing activities.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

  • Increase involvement of faculty, staff, and students by a factor of 4.
  • Collaborate with 3 Lubbock businesses.

Objectives:

Objective 4.1: Provide new opportunities in HPC and visualization.
Strategies:
  • Work with the newly formed Environmental Visualization Program in Architecture to explore our current and future high-end visualization needs.
  • Teach courses in parallel and scientific computing.
  • Bring in outside speakers on high-performance computing and visualization to increase knowledge base of HPCC personnel and TTU.
  • Sponsor internal conferences for the benefit of faculty and students.
  • Present techniques and lessons learned at conferences and other forums.
  • Assist other universities in Texas in Grid computing.
Objective 4.2: Partner with local companies to advance a research agenda that benefits both Texas Tech and the Lubbock community.
Strategies:
  • Demo the facility to prospective and current Reese tenants and LRRA (Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Association).
  • Assist companies in grant preparation.

 

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