Indiana University and Cray Inc. have announced IU's acquisition of the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation to support its advanced research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, and scientific and medical research.
Assistant professor Ben Kravitz, from the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, will also benefit from access to Big Red 200. He currently uses IU's Big Red II supercomputer to model the effects of environmental and climate change throughout the world and in Indiana.
Kravitz uses global climate model simulations of various scenarios of climate change and is working on downscaling them into regional models for Indiana and the Midwest. These data can then be used by other researchers and practitioners to understand how climate change could affect water resources, agriculture, emergency planning and even public health.
"I'm a climate modeler, and IU's commitment to making advanced supercomputers available to faculty, staff and students is one of the reasons I took the job here," Kravitz said. "I can do so much amazing work because IU wants to make it happen."