Opens up mid-size universities and local industry market to heterogeneous multi-core cluster grid computing.
Provides a training platform for a diverse community of graduate and undergraduate students to become expert in the field of high performance multi-core computing and communication as potential hires.
Compliments IBM emphasis to evangelize the potential of the Cell cluster architecture in their targeted focus research areas to industry and government.
Provides IBM market support to government agencies for research access to test of cell technology with university collaborations.
Broadens the participation of underrepresented groups by providing staff positions for UMBC's Meyerhoff Scholarship Program, the Center for Women in Information Technology (CWIT), and by partnering with neighboring HBCU schools.
Expands ties with academic universities in Maryland and neighboring regions having important government contracts.
Provides campus-wide heterogeneous cyber infrastructure to support broad based university research in natural and life sciences, physical sciences, and visualization.
Increases ability to attract students to UMBC to combat a national trend of decreasing Computer Science enrollment by offering unique computational resources, student research assistantships and exciting long term career opportunities.
Enables faculty to be more competitive in going after large research grants from Government agencies, i.e. NSF, NASA, NSA, DOD, etc.,
Projects visibility of UMBC's state of the art scientific and technology programs onto national scene.
Greatly enhances the ability across the UMBC campus departments to compete for world class faculty as well outstanding students internationally because of its unique computational facilities and specialized SMME courses.
Identifies UMBC as an institution with unique world IT computational leadership in a field with continued evolutionary growth