Thanks to a gift from Omaha philanthropist Richard Holland, the University of Nebraska is now home to one of the most powerful academic supercomputing centers in the nation, NU President J.B. Milliken announced Friday.
Holland's gift - the amount was not disclosed - has allowed the Holland Computing Center in Omaha to expand dramatically, combining the powers of the Firefly supercomputer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the PrairieFire and Red supercomputers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
That puts the Holland center, which is housed at the Peter Kiewit Institute on the UNO campus, in line with centers at Harvard, the University of Texas and others, NU says.
The center serves faculty from all four NU campuses. Supercomputers are vital to researchers who need to perform highly complex computer simulations, such as those on a nano-scale.
NU now should be in a stronger position to compete for research funding, Milliken said.
"The University of Nebraska is poised to become a national leader in a number of areas that are vitally important to Nebraska, including water, climate, transportation and cancer research," he said in a statement. "To realize our potential, we must have the computing capacity to support our facility.
"That is the promise of the University of Nebraska Holland Computing Center - that faculty in all disciplines will have the computing resources they need to put Nebraska on the map."
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