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Supercomputer Developed at Bowie State University

Supercomputer Developed at Bowie State University

In cooperation with Apple Computer Inc., Bowie State University has built a $1 million supercomputer that’s expected to help increase research grant opportunities and help attract business partnerships to the Maryland-based historically Black school. The supercomputer is known as the XSEED model, which uses Apple’s Mac OS X Server interface and is equipped with dual 2GHz G5 processors.

The XSEED was built by Bowie State computer technology and computer science students under the direction of professor Dr. Mark Matties and Apple Computer engineers. The supercomputing cluster will enable high-end graphics, animation and complex computational problems among other capabilities.

“We not only conceived of it, but did it. This was a very labor-intensive project and there was no way we could have done it without our students,” says Matties, who serves as the technical lead for the supercomputing cluster.

In the near future, Bowie State will generate revenue by selling and negotiating cycle time. In addition to the business partnerships, XSEED will provide a computing environment to enhance teaching, learning and research at the university, according to officials.

“Bowie State University is a place that has outstanding resources and the desire is to give our faculty the resources they need which will allow them to be in the forefront,” says Bowie president Dr. Calvin Lowe. 

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