Hewlett Packard Enterprise Donation Will Upgrade Cal Poly’s Parallel Computing Lab •

A $100,000 grant will help improve a unique laboratory on Campus 23 of Systemat California State University.

SAN LUIS OBISPO – A donation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. will significantly improve Cal Poly’s parallel computing laboratory, allowing students to pursue more ambitious final projects, theses and research projects that require a lot of memory and computing power.

Professor John Seng visits the brand new massively parallel, accelerated computing laboratory with former student Daniel Jones, now an engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

A task that could have taken three days, we completed in a few hours, says John Seng, a professor of computer science and software engineering. So it’s a big improvement and a real benefit for the students.

On the 12th. In February, a virtual dedication ceremony was held for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new massively parallel, accelerated computing laboratory. (See a video about the lab here).

Parallel computing is the simultaneous use of multiple computer resources to solve a computational problem. The main purpose of parallel computing is to increase the available computing power to process applications faster and solve problems.

Cal Poly Lab was founded in 2015 thanks to 120 supporters who donated $345,000. Although the lab is the only one of its kind in the California State University system, it needs an upgrade to remain relevant.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. based in San Jose, California, is a multinational information technology company founded in 2015 as part of the Hewlett-Packard spin-off. HPE has two business units: Servers, storage, networking, consulting and support, and financial services.

HPE’s $100,000 donation will allow the students to continue their research in high-performance computing and advance their work. This includes research involving deep learning, network-neutral learning and large-scale data analysis tasks that require high-end IT resources, said Jonathan Faust, CFO of Aruba Graduate School and Cal Poly alumnus (Business Administration, ’00).

In some cases, students who have had to settle for small experiments and less sophisticated techniques will now be able to dream of a larger instrument – one that is unencumbered by technical limitations, he said. At Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, our goal is to improve the way people live and work. One of the ways we support this goal is to help the next generation of engineers meet the technical challenges of an ever-changing world.

John Seng (right) walks with his former student Daniel Jones, now an engineer at Aruba, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. in Roseville, Calif. with Herbie, a robot Seng developed. Seng will use the HPE Parallel Computing Lab to enhance Herbie’s capabilities.

In the past, Seng and his students have used the lab to create Herbie, a robot that walks through Frank E. Pilling’s building following a path that he has programmed to remember.

Thanks to a donation, the machine has a very good graphics processing unit (GPU) that we will use. I’m working with some older students on the project to train them in some machine learning models so that Herbie can recognize curbs, sidewalks, street edges – things like that, Sen said.

Daniel Jones, who worked with Herbie on his graduate project, is one of many Cal Poly graduates currently working at HPE, a leader in the future of servers, storage and data analytics.

This is an opportunity to use equipment that very few students get to use, said Jones, who graduated in 2020 with a degree in computer engineering and works as an embedded systems engineer in Aruba. As an HPE employee, it’s really cool to be able to talk to other people about how HPE directly contributes to what I’ve been passionate about for the past four years. I feel like I can give something back.

Jonathan Ventura, another professor in the CSSE and CPE departments, uses computers to extract information from video images.

Professor Jonathan Ventura demonstrates enhanced virtual reality technology with a $100,000 donation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

I work with undergraduate and graduate students both in the classroom and on research projects on many current topics and computer vision, such as B. creating virtual reality scenes from video images, learning to recognize and count trees and remote sensing data, and using machine learning to improve microscope images, he said. So the work we do requires a lot of calculations and a very large amount of memory. We urgently need access to powerful computing resources. That is why we are very happy that we got a new server from HPE Enterprise.

In preparing future engineers, HPE says it is also working to advance in a number of sectors, including healthcare, aerospace and leisure.

We rely on our incredible engineering talent to drive innovation for the company and our customers, and to push the boundaries of physics to try to do things that have never been done before, Faust said. Our technologists have helped customers make breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research, send powerful computer systems into space and harness the power of data through machine learning to give Formula One teams like Mercedes-AMG Petronas the edge to win championships.


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