Supercomputing thrives at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is now the owner of some new state-of-the-art technology.
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 10:41 AM CDT
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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - Southeastern Oklahoma State University is now the owner of some new state-of-the-art technology, the supercomputer.

This matrix of cables and circuits make up one of the most sophisticated computer systems on a university campus.

“It’s our latest acquisition,” Retired SOSU computer science professor Mike Morris said. “It puts us in the big league. We’re intimately involved in this supercomputing thing, and more importantly, we share that with our students,” Mike Morris said.

Morris and current mathematics professor Dr. Karl Frinkle worked for over a decade to bring a supercomputer to the university.

“Supercomputing is not going away,” Frinkle said. “Its becoming more and more common, so students are going to have to learn how to use supercomputers.”

Supercomputing uses multiple computers together, or a network of machines to process code or analyze data. Doing so quickly solves problems and equations, and completes complex tasks that a single regular computer cannot.

“It’s really a treat to see the light in a student’s eyes when he or she has 2 or 3000 processors working on one problem, and something that comes out the back-end is actually useful,” Morris said.

The experts said this advanced technology will benefit students now and for years into the future.

“Almost everyone will wind up in a career that will have a tremendous need to supercomputing,” Morris said.

Frinkle added, “It’s kind of nice to have people recognize that we have this awesome machine on our campus.”

To take a look at the tech-savy equipment, visit the university’s Classroom Building, consisting of the Center for Supercomputing Services, computer science, and social sciences.