New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently received 420 Intel-based Supermicro servers from Linode, a Linux-based cloud hosting company based in Galloway, NJ. The servers, valued at $1.2 million, will support advanced instruction, research and career advancement for NJIT students. These servers are being deployed as nodes within NJIT’s computational framework and are expected to be fully operational by May of this year.Associate provost for Information Services & Technology, and chief information officer, David Ullman, is “thrilled” for NJIT to be the recipient of this generous donation. “When these servers are fully deployed, the hardware will have a significant impact by increasing the computational power available in our research computing cluster by more than 1,000 percent, as well as provide servers for our local academic cloud infrastructure.”
This donation is part of the Linode IT Workforce Preparation (ITWP) initiative, launched by the company in July 2014, which provides hardware to higher education institutions to complement and/or augment their existing capacity for curriculum and administrative purposes. CEO Christopher S. Aker explains, “Giving back to higher is a smart thing to do. Helping colleges and universities grow and enable smarter, more capable students is something we all benefit from as a community and we are proud to be a part of that.”
Another positive outcome of the ITWP is creating a win-win for all parties involved. Aker continues, “IT students receive a better education; institutions, like NJIT, improve their computational capacity and attract ambitious students; and the IT industry gets better-prepared candidates for employment.”
NJIT’s Cryptography and Telecommunications Laboratory (CTL), part of the College of Computing Sciences (CCS), was the first benefactor of the Linode donation. The CLT lab provides faculty and their students a means to conduct advanced research and experiments in cryptography, computer security, and telecommunications network.
CCS Dean Marek Rusinkiewicz adds, “These servers support our department of computer sciences’ initiatives in cutting edge cyber security and cryptography. We are working on groundbreaking research strategies — with an emphasis on encrypted data, privacy preservation technologies and protection from censorship — that are critical to organizations in keeping their data safe.”
Kevin Walsh, senior systems administration specialist for NJIT, is managing the project, using students to assemble the racks over winter break. CTL director, Dr. Kurt Rohoff showed off his new lab equipment in a tweet of thanks.
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