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UB receives $9 million grant for supercomputer tool

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University at Buffalo a five-year, $9 million grant to pay for improvements to a tool, designed by UB researchers, that makes sure the foundation’s network of supercomputers is used efficiently.

The grant will pay for upgrades to a tool developed at UB’s Center for Computational Research that monitors the use of the foundation’s supercomputers and of the software that runs on the machines, according to the university. The XD Metrics on Demand, or XDMoD, tool and an open-source version are used by government, academic and industry supercomputing sites to improve performance and to avoid the lengthy backlogs created by high demand for the computers.

UB received a $7.7 million grant from the NSF in 2010 to develop the original version of the tool.