Acquisition of a High Performance Computer Cluster for Materials Research and Education
Technical Report,01 Feb 2014,31 Jan 2015
California State University - Northridge Northridge United States
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This proposal requests funding for acquisition of a High Performance Computer HPC cluster to expand and strengthen the computational facility of W. M. Keck Computational Materials Theory Center CMTC at California State University Northridge CSUN. The proposed HPC cluster tremendously enhanced the computational capability of CMTC and allowed the researchers to tackle challenging materials problems. The HPC cluster has been and will be used to perform first-principles simulations to predict charge carrier mobilities, exciton diffusion and interfacial charge separation in all-organic and hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells. The outcome of the project is the development of a computational capability that can potentially shift the paradigm of materials design based on time-consuming trial-and errorexperiments and significantly reduce the time and labour required for materials development. The proposed cluster will also play animportant role for education and training of STEM students at CSUN. Not only can the students involved in the DoD projects use the cluster, but the students taking the computational materials courses can also access the cluster for their coursework. In addition, the local high school teachers and students attending the summer camps on Computational Materials Research at CSUN will have the opportunity to use thecluster as well.
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