Researchers to Benefit from New Computer Cluster

Researchers to Benefit from New Computer Cluster

A new computer cluster, installed in November, will greatly enhance Creighton researchers’ ability to calculate vast amounts of data, says Sándor Lovas, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Lovas led Creighton’s efforts to secure a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF-EPSCoR) to significantly increase the University’s supercomputing prowess.

“We are talking about the possibility to complete calculations that used to take months now taking a matter of days, or even hours,” says Lovas, who is working on structure-function relationships of polypeptides to study, among other things, their cancer growth inhibitory activity. Lovas first began using computational chemistry to aid his research when he came to Creighton in 1990.

“You always love to get your data right now, especially when testing a hypothesis and working to design a compound and testing its stability and ways to make it a better inhibitor. Working in cancer or other diseases, we know time is crucial.”

Along with Lovas, four additional research groups — from pharmacology, medical microbiology, physics and chemistry — will use the new computer cluster in its first year. After that, the cluster will be used for research purposes across Creighton’s colleges and schools for faculty and students.