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Zorro High-Performance Computing (HPC) System

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Overview

Zorro, the AU High-Performance Computing (HPC) System, supports the research enterprise at American University. Researchers who find that standard workstations cannot perform necessary research-related tasks efficiently are encouraged to review HPC system policies and obtain a faculty account or a student account.

The Zorro System provides high-speed parallel/distributed data processing and research-dedicated storage with high input-output capabilities. Please see software and system specifications.

Initial funding for the Zorro System was provided through a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program Grant (BCS-1039497), and the Provost’s Office and the College of Arts and Sciences at American University.  

 

Zorro Research

Zorro supports research projects in all academic units.

The Zorro HPC System was installed in summer 2011. Initial funding for the AU HPC System was generously provided by the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program Grant (BCS-1039497); the Office of the Provost; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of Information Technology; and the Center for Research, Teaching, and Learning. Ongoing support is provided by AU faculty PIs; the Office of Information Technology; and the Center for Research, Teaching, and Learning.

Research Presentations

detecting-global-clustering

Detecting Global Clustering Patterns and Outliers on Spatially Correlated Data for Disease Surveillance
Dr. Monica Jackson
(AU Math & Statistics)
Apr. 11, 2013

See Video & Slides
 

Research Projects Index

Stochastic Demand Theory of Gene Regulation
Corinne Abolafia

Exploratory Analysis of Price Changes in Business-to-Business Sales
Dr. Karaesmen Aydin

Donor Disasters or Disaster Donors: Analysis of Data from the American Red Cross
Dr. Karaesmen Aydin

Improving Measurements of Neighborhood Attributes at Multiple Spatial Scales Using the Geostatistical Method of Kriging
Dr. Michael Bader

Affine Models of the Term Structure
Barton Baker

Special Education Technologies
Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson

A Scientific Computing Toolkit for the Volunteer Grid
Dr. Michael Black

Large Truck Crashes & State Roadside Inspection Practices: A Spatial Analysis
Janine Bonner

Geospatial Determinants of Voting Behavior
Andrew Breza

"Preliminary" Global Liquidity and Corporate Risk-Taking
Dr. Valentina Bruno

Development of a Local Spatial Indicator of Association Based on Modified Moran's I
Jess Chen

Accelerating Social Science Analysis for a New Age (ASSANA): Moving from Traditional Methods for Analyzing Large Scale Text-Based Data to Socially Intelligent High-Performance Computational Methods
Dr. Derrick Cogburn

Harnessing the Power of Parallel Computing for Computer-aided Drug Discovery
Dr. Stefano Costanzi

Solving Twisty Puzzles
Dr. Donna Dietz

Ideas, Technology, and Growth: The Impact of the Printing Press
Dr. Jeremiah Dittmar

The Determinants of Student Retention at a Private Selective Post-Secondary Institution
Seth Gershenson

Teacher Quality, Student Behavior, and Student Achievement
Seth Gershenson

Banks, Market Organization, and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis
Boris Gershman

Information Theoretic Modeling
Amos Golan, Skipper Seabold and Dr. Heath Henderson

Listening to Noise
Justin Grana

The Effect of Federal Subsidies on the Outcomes of Children in Foster Care
Drs. Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Kara Reynolds

A Sample of Bankruptcy Court Records, 1898-2005
Dr. Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Exploiting Entanglement for Simulation of Few Body Systems
Dr. Nathan Harshman

Three Essays on the Interaction of Fiscal Shocks and Budgetary Constraints on the Public Education Sector
Michael Hayes

Cofactor Prevalence and the Prevalence of HIV
Dr. Alan Isaac

The Effect of Spatial Dependence on the Empirical Likelihood
Dr. Monica Jackson

Designing Novel Many-Body Quantum States of Ultracold Atoms Using Dynamically Transforming Optical Lattices
Dr. Philip R. Johnson

Land Titling and Investment in Sub Saharan Africa
Woubet Kassa

Spatial and Mixed Method Orientations in Native American Histories
Dr. Adrea Lawrence

Modeling Exposure-Response Relationships
Dr. Elizabeth Malloy

Robust Long-Term Streamflow Forecasting
Dr. Inga Maslova

Three Projects on Taxes, Revenue, and Budgets
Dr. Daniel Mullins

Research on Multivariate Probability Distributions
Dr. John Nolan

Exchanging Fire: Trade, Conflict, and the Strategic Incentives of Indirect Economic Interdependence
David Ohls

Forecasting Financial Data with Agent Based Models
Georgi Panterov

Examining Differential International Responses to HIV/AIDS
Dr. Nathan Paxton

The Effects of Mexico's Non-Contributory Health Insurance on Infant Mortality
Dr. Tobias Pfutze

Informal Employment in Egypt: Learning from Modeling with Essential Heterogeneity
Dr. Natalia Radchenko

Color Vision and Hyperspectral Images
Dr. Arthur Shapiro

An Adaptive Truncated Product Method
Dr. Xuguang Sheng

Fast Functional Integrals with Applications to Dynamical Systems
John Tillinghast

Migration, Population imbalance and Decentralization in Indonesia
Smriti Tiwari

Interval-Valued Data Estimation
Tual Tuang

Characterization of Felid SINEs
Kathryn Walters-Conte

Gender Impact of Malawi Input Subsidy
Paul Winters

Related Links

Workshops
CTRL Research Workshops

rsg@american.edu

x3862

HPC Team Site
HPC Zorro at myau
(for current HPC account holders and committee members only)

HPC Software

Licensed:
Matlab Distributed
Mathematica
Stata MP

Open Source:
C++
CUDA
Enthought Python Distributed
Fortran
MEGA
Mr. Bayes
Muscle 
Perl
Octave 
OpenBUGS
R-Project

See software/system specs.

HPC Liaison Committee 

Contact:
hpc@american.edu

Mary Hansen (Chair)
Professor, Economics

Assen Assenov
Assistant Director, CTRL 

Philip Johnson
Professor, Physics

Betty Malloy
Professor, Math & Statistics