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USD Receives Grant to Accelerate Computing and Data Resources Across the Region

A beautiful, classic picture of Old Main on USD USD is part of initiative to support and accelerate advanced computing and data-intensive research across the region.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota is helping to lead an initiative to support computational and data-intensive research across the region, funded by an award of more than $350,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The three-year effort, “The Great Plains Augmented Regional Gateway to the Open Science Grid,” is sponsored by the NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and will create a regional, distributed Open Science Grid gateway led by the Great Plains Network. Ryan Johnson, director of research computing, is leading USD’s efforts.

“This project will vastly increase our state and regional participation in the Open Science Grid, providing a valuable tool for researchers at USD and throughout the state while simultaneously bolstering resources for global research initiatives in a broad set of disciplines,” Johnson said.

The proposal is designed to accelerate the adoption and experience of advanced high-throughput computing and data resources by developing a model for enhanced distributed computing systems. Collaborators include project lead Dan Andresen, Kansas State University; Pratul Agarwal, Oklahoma State University; and Stephen Wheat, Oral Roberts University.

Adding these core sites at university research centers across the Great Plains is designed to accomplish the following key objectives: improve campus awareness and adoption of advanced, high throughput computer-oriented operations for STEM research and education activities; increase the number and capabilities of campus research computing and data professionals; and enable deployment and operation of research and education cyberinfrastructure to make science more efficient, trusted and reproducible.

The Great Plains Network connects universities and state networks throughout the Midwest and Great Plains. The network has 22 full members, including all six South Dakota Board of Regents institutions. 


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.


Hanna DeLange
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