April 23rd, 2020
Led by EVL Director Maxine Brown, a large team of research faculty and staff from UIC’s College of
Engineering applied for and received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for approximately $1-million to acquire a deep learning and visualization infrastructure.
The design utilizes composable infrastructure architecture from Liqid. The computer’s components (traditional processor, GPU, storage, and networking) are pooled so that different applications with different workflows can be run simultaneously, with each configuring the resources it requires almost instantaneously, at any time.
“EVL resources are traditionally very tailored to meet the requirements of specific applications. For example, on any given day, EVL may address everything from computational fluid dynamics, ecology and neuroimaging to natural language processing, urban engineering, robotics, visualization and visual analytics,” said Lance Long, EVL Senior Research Programmer. “Liqid’s composable infrastructure architecture is interesting because it allows us the flexibility to redefine cyberinfrastructure programmatically based on the applications’ requirements. This enables the EVL team to create a data science platform that presents a full-stack hardware and software solution to the challenges faced by our researchers trying to deploy and scale reproducible experiments.”
Liqid, Case Study: UIC Utilizes Liqid Composable Infrastructure for Uneven Applications in Scientific Research, Liqid Case Study, Chicago, IL, April 23rd, 2020.