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Southern Miss Awards Data Center Upgrade Bid to Dell PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund - 228.865.4573   

The University of Southern Mississippi announces the award of a bid to Dell, Inc. to upgrade the Data Center for the Department of Marine Science (DMS) at the Stennis Space Center Teaching and Research Site.

The upgrade, funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will include equipment racks outfitted with in-row cooling and uninterruptable power supplies. The equipment racks will house a high performance computing cluster consisting of multiple blade servers and up to 27 terabytes of storage. All the racks and equipment connect to an existing generator for extended run times.

Southern Miss is recognized as the flagship institution in marine science for the state of Mississippi. The DMS plays a key role in fulfilling that mandate and is committed to graduate and undergraduate education, research, economic development and public outreach of national and international distinction through the use of advanced technologies and multidisciplinary approaches in marine science.

The upgrade will directly address several core aspects of the mission, goals and objectives of DMS, including delivery of the comprehensive, multidisciplinary education needed for students to succeed in marine-related careers, maintenance of high quality research programs that ensure faculty success and enhance their educative capabilities, and improve facilities infrastructure at SSC.

With its significantly expanded server and storage capabilities, the upgraded data center will provide a powerful instructional resource for enabling classroom demonstrations that illustrate the accessing of Web-available data archives and provide instruction in computational graphics and analysis methods.

Further, with its high performance computing component, the data center will provide an innovation tool suitable for studying the complexity of marine systems through implementation of numerical models that simulate the wide array of dynamical and biogeochemical processes and land-sea interactions that typify the marine environment.

This Department of Education grant advances efforts to lead Mississippi as a pioneer of research in marine science, and will also allow DMS to have a profound educational presence in developing cutting edge instructional activities and for student research projects.

For more information, contact the Department of Marine Science at 228-688-3177 or visit

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