Facilities

Current Facilities and Equipment of SASWE Research Group are:

    For desktop needs of SASWE Group members (procured from externally funded projects):

  • 2 High Performance Dell Dual Processor systems for desktop applications with a combined RAM of more than 50 GB RAM.
  • 4 HPC Notebooks with Intel Core Duo Processor and 20 GB RAM.
  • High performance video recorder and navigation GPS for outreach events and movie-making projects.
  • 2 Laserjet Printers (1 color, 1 black and white).
  • 25.0 Terabytes of external storage devices for data.

    For heavy-duty computational and visualiation needs of SASWE Group members:

  • 4 dual processor Intel Xeon with more than 250 GB RAM, 10 TB storage and water cooled low noise system. These systems run numerical (coupled) models of land-atmosphere (WRF, VIC) and process data for online streaming.
  • 3 16 processor 96 GB RAM Dell Poweredge System with 1 Terrabyte of disk space.
  • 1 high performance HyAK blade system maintained at University of Washington (600GB of harddisk; 2 cores at 2.6 GHz and 32 GB of RAM). This node allows us further bandwidth to farm out jobs using the campus wide distributed network.
  • 1 Thirty-six processor 4 GB RAM Dell System with 288 GB of disk spaced.
  • 120.0 Terabytes of real-time protected storage space.

Specialized (licensed) softwares available to the SASWE Research Group:

  • Matlab
  • ArcGIS (with Spatial Analyst and 3-D Analyst) – on campus licence for students.
  • Cygwin (UNIX emulators for PCs)
  • X-Windows (for remote access and UNIX/LINUX emulation of campus high performance servers)
  • Interactive Data Language (IDL)
  • ENVI
  • ERDAS

Additional University-wide Support leveraged by the SASWE Research Group

Additional computing support to the SASWE Research Group is available through the HYAK of UW. HYAK is a shared, high-performance computer cluster dedicated to research computing at UW. Developed in a partnership between the eScience Institute and UW-IT, it is intended to provide a convenient, flexible, and cost effective alternative for UW faculty, students, and staff who might otherwise have had to build and operate their own high-end computer systems. Access is also available to eight groups of parallel computing resources, with a total of 69 systems, 196 processors, 200 GB of memory, and 12000 GB of temporary disk space. All systems run Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. Systems in each group may work on independent problems simultaneously, or solve portions of a larger problem as part of a parallel solution. Each group of systems is assigned to an execution queue that orders computational jobs in a way that maximizes overall resource usage while minimizing the total time from a job’s submission to its solution.

Tools for geospatial analyses and visualization are also available to the SASWE Research Group through a GIS lab. This lab is also equipped with a state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) Computer Laboratory to support research and educational activities of faculty and graduate students of the SASWE Research Group. The lab is equipped with a network of Windows NT 2000 workstations with connectivity to various plotters, printers and scanners. The HP800PS plotter allows researchers to produce high-quality color maps and presentation materials to support research efforts. The ARCGIS software suite allows for the realistic representation of spatial features for assessment. For assistance with GIS tools, a full-time research and development engineer with recognized GIS expertise is available.

International-level Support leveraged by the SASWE Research Group

A five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the host institution of SASWE Research Group (UW-CEE) and the Institute of Water Modeling (IWM) Bangladesh (http://www.iwmbd.org) is leveraged for research activities. IWM functions as a center of excellence and research in the fields of water modeling, computational hydraulics and allied sciences. It offers technical support on a day-to-day basis to manage the Flood Forecasting Agency’s operational river flow forecast for Bangladesh during the monsoon season. IWM has capabilities to offer services in seven major areas of water and disaster management: (1) river modeling, (2) water resources management, (3) field survey and data acquisition, (4) IT services (5) coastal hydraulics, (6) GIS and remote sensing, and (7) bridge hydraulics. The staff number of IWM is more than 160, of whom 70% are engineering professionals.

More recently, four more MOUs at UW-CEE have been struck with leading institutions of Asia for closer international-level collaboration on sponsored research and education. These are: 1) Nangyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI); 2) International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) – Nepal; 3) Pakistan Council for Research on Water Resources (PCRWR) and 4) Indus River System Authority (IRSA). With these MOUs, SASWE Group is well-positioned to pursue its mission in Asian nations.