About the Center

The Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research is the hub for computational scientific activity at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. UMassD is the premier university of the scenic Southcoast region of Massachusetts.

The Center faculty represent the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Fisheries Oceanography. The Center investigates modern research problems spanning algorithms, modeling, and prototyping in the fields of engineering, physics, and mathematics.

The Center was established in the Fall of 2012, and aims to promote and conduct high-level interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in scientific computing and to mentor students -- undergraduate and graduate -- with interests in scientific computing in a supportive, broad, and deep interdisciplinary research environment. The major goals of the Center are

  • to promote internationally-recognized computational research that advances the fields of modern applied science, data-driven algorithms, and visualization and imaging techniques
  • to educate and mentor the next generation of researchers in the computational sciences
  • to provide focus and support for scientific computing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The Center supports students enrolled in the Engineering and Applied Science Ph.D. program. The combination of world-class faculty and computational resources make the Center a vibrant and productive environment for collaborative research efforts.

Faculty members of the CSCVR are internationally-recognized researchers with a strong history of externally-funded research. The Center's research interests are broad and deep, spanning mobile robotics, underwater acoustics, model order reduction, risk analysis, simulations of astronomical phenomena, computer vision, and data science.

With modern office space furnishings and supplies, the Center provides a convenient and comfortable work environment for students and faculty.

Visitors will find the Center an engaging and stimulating environment: Regular seminars from leading researchers are sponsored by the Center. Long-term visitors spend an extended period of time at UMassD to collaborate with Center faculty. The Center hosts scientific conferences at UMassD that bring together luminaries in diverse disciplines to tackle today's leading research problems. Check out our Events page for a list of recent conferences and workshops hosted at the Center.

The Center houses state-of-the-art computational clusters that give students and faculty access to sophisticated hardware tools that can be leveraged to solve large-scale parallel computing and data-intensive tasks. Available computing resources include:

  • MGHPCC (remote UMass-wide resource): The machine has over 16,000 x86 processor cores. The MGHPCC wiki provides system details including the form to request access.
  • HPCC (local CSCVR resource): A 4 year old 80-node IBM iDataPlex system with each node supporting 8 Xeon-cores and 24 GB memory and an Nvidia Tesla "Fermi" GPU. There is 30 TB attached storage. The system runs RHEL 5.5 along with standard (mostly) open-source software. The job manager is PBS torque.
  • ARNiE (local CSCVR resource): This is our newer 40-node Supermicro system with each node supporting 8 Core-i7-cores and 24 GB memory and an Nvidia Tesla "Fermi" GPU. There is 200 TB attached storage. The system runs CentOS 6.6 (part of Rocks 6) along with standard open-source software. The job manager is Sun Grid Engine.
  • RPS (local CSCVR resource): A rapid prototyping server, i.e. a single high-end Linux server for prototyping / testing code quickly for all CSCVR faculty and students. Specs of the server: 32-cores Intel Xeon @ 2.2 GHz; 32 GB RAM; Nvidia Tesla K40 GPGPU (12GB vRAM); Ubuntu Linux 15.04; MATLAB & Jupyter server installed.
  • ELROY & CONDOR (local CSCVR resources): Two unique clusters built entirely out of 300 Sony PlayStations (PowerPC Cell architecture) and 32 Nvidia Tegra tablets (ARM mobile-devices). They run an architecture-specific Linux. Utilizing them effectively typically involves low-level architecture specific coding.