Our Views: LSU boosts big computer

A $4 million federal grant to LSU to boost its computing capacity could reap big benefits for the rest of the state. That’s good news for the state’s flagship campus, as well as the broader community that LSU is supposed to serve.

The National Science Foundation funding will help LSU officials acquire SuperMic, a new supercomputer cluster. The instrumentation will be used for a variety of research projects, including development of new drugs, hurricane modeling and coastal science.

Although the computer equipment will be housed at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus, hundreds of scientists from throughout the state will be able to use it for research that requires processing of large amounts of data.

The new computer capacity also will allow researchers here in Louisiana to collaborate more easily with scientists across the country.

Developments like this NSF grant are a step in the right direction.