Research Spotlights

The Research Computing Center exists to support research at FSU. We occasionally like to highlight some of the exciting projects that people are using our services for.

Studying Motor Speech Disorders

August, 2014

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that impacts people with neurological impairments and disorders, including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke. Due to the progressive nature of many diseases that cause dysarthria, traditional speech therapy to improve speech is not always appropriate.

Managing Storm Risk at the College of Business

June, 2014

When it comes to hurricanes, it’s only a matter of time before the next big storm will strike Florida. That’s one reason why, in 2007, Florida’s Legislature created The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University. The Center uses the SKY system to host a clearinghouse for research and information related to storm risk.

Hadoop, HPC, and Spear at the Department of Statistics

March, 2014

Dr. Adrian Barbu at the Florida State University Department of Statistics regularly works with massive data matrices. He creates algorithms and statistical methodologies for a variety of applications.

To facilitate working with such large data sets, Dr. Barbu uses the RCC Spear and HPC systems.

Kunihiko Taira - Simulating and Controlling Fluid Flow at AME and RCC

February, 2014

The Florida State University Aeropropulsion Mechatronics & Energy Center (AME) is already well-known for big wind tunnels, robots, and other big research projects. AME also engages in big computing to expand the research horizon with computation fluid dynamics (CFD).

Elizabeth Stroupe – Electron Transfer Chemistry in Sulfite Reductase

January, 2014

Every day in nature, innumerable times, chemical conversions change sulfite compounds into hydrogen sulfide. Despite nature’s fluency with the process, scientists still have a hard time recreating the process efficiently in a laboratory setting.

Greg Riccardi, iDigInfo

December, 2013

In the era of big data, the dissemination and management of scientific information is becoming an increasing challenge for researchers. The Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication (iDigInfo) at the College of Communication and Information is a new Research Institute at Florida State University aiming to make a dent in that challenge. To that end, iDigInfo and its director, Greg Riccardi, have been a major part of several national research grants.

Computers as Microscopes - Dr. Wei Yang, Biochemistry

October, 2013

Biochemists have long dreamed of using computer simulations to provide an atomic level view of complex biochemical systems. These simulations would act like a microscope to reveal complex biochemical interactions. Many well-known supercomputers, including IBM's "Blue Gene" and "Anton" at DE Shaw Research, were architected specifically to achieve that application.

Steve Morey, COAPS

September, 2013

Dr. Steve Morey is no stranger to conducting large-scale research. Very large-scale. A physical oceanographer at the Center for Ocean and Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Morey has been able to generate ocean topography models, study how currents affect fisheries and explore effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.