Dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce new leadership at VCU’s High Performance Research Computing Core facility (HPRC):

Alberto Cano, Ph.D., an associate professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science, is now the faculty director of the HPRC. He also heads the High-Performance Data Mining laboratory, focusing on big data mining and machine learning algorithms using high-performance computing. Dr. Cano’s research examines machine learning, big data, data streams, concept drift, continual learning, GPUs and distributed computing. Some of his recent research, funded by Hamilton Beach Brands, involves machine learning for supply chain management. He is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and also belongs to the Association for Computing Machinery.

The HPRC is modernizing its high-performance computing systems, including operating systems, software, and submission systems for each cluster. Core staff will work with users to ease the transition to the modernized submission systems for each cluster as they are updated. Later this spring, the computing core will launch a redesigned website and, with assistance from additional personnel hired with OVPRI support, expand its user support services of the HPRC Clusters and increase use by the VCU community. If you are interested in learning more about the HPRC and its potential uses, please contact Dr. Cano.

For information on other VCU core facilities, please contact the individual core directors or Paul Fawcett, Ph.D., director of research infrastructure, for more about these invaluable resources for the VCU research enterprise.

P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Innovation