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Board of Regents Awards USD $200,000 for Scientific Research Supercomputer

The University of South Dakota has been awarded a $200,000 Research and Development Innovation grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents. The award, along with institutional and federal funds, will support the acquisition of a new campus supercomputer for scientific research.

The National Science Foundation has recently identified supercomputing systems as necessary research instruments, alongside equipment like DNA sequencers and electron microscopes.

USD's previous supercomputer was acquired in 2006 through an award from the National Institutes of Health and has supported over 100 students and faculty, contributing to scientific publications and courses.

Deputy CIO and Director of Information Technology Services Cheryl Tiahrt and Research Computing Manager Doug Jennewein developed the proposal after consulting with USD scientists and computer architects from industry. The new system will provide thousands of processing units, specially optimized software and more than 1,000 times the memory of a traditional laptop.

The $200,000 was among $700,000 the Regents approved for four of the state’s public universities.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News