The Center for Computation & Technology initiates many projects each year, all designed to unite researchers from different departments across campus to work with colleagues around the world, using the advanced cyberinfrastructure on LSU’s campus to enable breakthroughs and increase economic development.
Projects fall into general categories:
These projects aim to improve, expand or better apply today’s cyberinfrastructure – networks, high-performance computing, software, data management and storage – to solve complex problems, enabling greater collaboration and reliable outcomes.
Grid computing, which connects many computers together through a network for increased computational power to solve large-scale problems, is a major research focus at the CCT. By working collaboratively, these grids of computers can solve problems quickly and with greater accuracy than would be possible with a single computer. Projects in this area focus on applying and improving grid computing to research.
Louisiana’s low-lying coastal areas are one of the world’s most vulnerable and environmentally damaged ecosystems. In this focus area, researchers study methods of more accurately forecasting hurricanes and develop advanced coastal models to better plan restoration strategies and improve ecological forecasting.
Projects in this area are those in which CCT is a partner or provides resources to enable the research being conducted.
These projects explore how computational science technologies and infrastructures can benefit the arts, humanities and social sciences. Creating, preserving, and understanding cultural heritage in the digital age has several profound challenges that range from theories about how and why people adopt (or don't adopt) information technologies to the preservation of digital arts. Research in this area centers around three critical domains: digital arts, virtual worlds and technology adoption. The Laboratory for Creative Arts and Technologies is a crucial part of research in this area.
Computer Systems Science and Engineering
As technologies rapidly advance driving the new era of multicore heterogeneous computing, innovations at all levels of the "system stack" will be required over the next few years towards Exascale performance to address the challenges of scalability, efficiency, power consumption, reliability, and programmability for systems that will require multi-billions-way parallelism. LSU is advancing the state of the art in scalable programming models, compilation and runtime techniques, operating systems, and computer architecture in preparation for the new generation of computer systems required for breakthrough applications in science and informatics.