The New York Center for Computational Sciences (NYCCS) is a joint venture of Stony Brook University (SBU) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The Center was formed in 2007 to foster high performance massively parallel computing on the whole range of science and technology topics. Its hardware consists of an 18 rack IBM Blue Gene/L and a 2 rack Blue Gene/P supercomputer owned by SBU and located at BNL. New York State, with the leadership of the NYS Assembly, provided funds for the machine, and NYS and U.S. DOE funds supported renovation of laboratory space to house it. The machine is named NewYorkBlue. The Blue Gene/L is ranked 17th in the June 2008 Top 500 supercomputing rankings and the Blue Gene/P is ranked 75th. (link here).
NYCCS has the goals of advancing scientific discovery in areas related to the missions of the partner institutions, and also in areas related to the broader scientific agenda and economic development of NYS. NYCCS began operations at about the same time a comparable machine located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in their Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations began operations. Together these machines give New York more computing power available for general research than any state in the nation. A consortium of universities and laboratories in the State, each with strong programs in computational and computer sciences, has banded together to build a supporting infrastructure so that the state will benefit fully from the investments in these new supercomputers.
The NYCCS NewYorkBlue facility began operations on July 15, 2007. In the interim organization structure, the interim co-directors of NYCCS are Yacov Shamash, Vice President of Economic Development and Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SBU, and Patrick Looney, Assistant Laboratory Director for Policy and Strategic Planning, BNL. . The co-associate directors are Drs. Michael McGuigan, Senior Scientist at BNL, and James Glimm, Professor and Chair of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at SBU. An advisory committee of distinguished computational scientists from around the country has been formed to advise on operations. The inaugural meeting of this committee was held on July 9, 2007.
Applications for time on NY Blue are invited. There is an allocations committee, advisory to the co-directors, to recommend priorities for machine use.
The NYCCS has two supporting entities, the Stony Brook Center for Computational Science (SBCCS) and the Brookhaven Computational Science Center (CSC) . Both of these centers have a core group of faculty and scientists who work to apply or to develop high performance computing for science. The two centers are cooperative and supportive and have a mission to support and expand the community of users of high performance computing for science discovery and technology development.