The Di2 Difference
Partners in Di2 include the University of Buffalo, Howard University, Georgia Tech, Buffalo State University,
Canisius College, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Hauptman-Woodward Institute, New Mexico State and Sandia.
The initiative has received more than $5 million from the National Science Foundation and other sources. Some
of the early development systems were placed at Howard University, Sandia Labs and Georgia Tech, but the
flagship Buffalo entity has an 80-teraflop HPC cluster consisting of some 6,000 cores and a 128-teraflop GPU
cluster for compute intensive applications. Racks of DISCs are currently supplied by IT infrastructure firms
Neteeza (IBM) and XtremeData. “Each platform has a good sweet spot,” says Scofield.
The co-director of Di2 is Murali Ramanathan, a State University of New York faculty member in pharmaceutical
sciences. Scofield and Ramanathan were introduced in 2005. “His novel algorithms for gene-environment analysis
work particularly well on these devices,” says Scofield.