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Center History

A brief chronology of significant events and accomplishments for the Center.

  • 1993 Profs. Frank Gilfeather, Brian Smith, and John Sobolewski establish the MHPCC (Maui High Performance Computing Center) in support of the DoD Modernization program.
  • 1994 The Albuquerque Resource Center (ARC), later renamed the Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center (AHPCC), is established at UNM in the historic Galles Building, along with High Performance Computing Education and Research Center (HPCERC), an umbrella organization spanning MHPCC and AHPCC.
  • January 1999 Roadrunner, the first Linux cluster available through NSF allocation, is installed.  Roadrunner is integrated by a small company in Sandy, Utah named Alta Tech, now known as Linux Networx.
  • August 1999 The Access Grid (AG) is installed at UNM and the first AG session is hosted by UNM.  This session is the first of a series of AG meetings that includes sessions in Kentucky and Boston University.
  • August 2000 Los Lobos "supercluster" is installed at UNM.  This is the first IBM Linux product ever built.  During the inauguration, IBM announces their Linux strategy for future product offerings.  Los Lobos becomes the highest-ranked open Linux cluster in the world in the subsequent Top 500 list (narrowly edging out the Sandia National Laboratories Cplant cluster).  The ranking of Los Lobos places UNM among the top five universities in the world with respect to computing power on campus.
  • January 2003 Prof. Marc Ingber (Mechanical Engineering) becomes Director.  AHPCC is renamed HPC@UNM.
  • January 2004 Prof. Barney Maccabe (Computer Science) becomes Director.
  • December 2005 HPC@UNM opens a new, state-of-the-art, 1500 sq ft machine room. Extensive Galles Building renovation to construct the machine room also provides new office and studio space for the ARTS (Art, Research, Technology and Science) Lab.
  • January 2007 Prof. Tom Caudell (Electrical and Computer Engineering) becomes Director.
  • June 2009 Prof. Susan Atlas (Physics and Astronomy) becomes Director. HPC@UNM is renamed the Center for Advanced Research Computing.

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