Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Supercomputer Coming to Tulsa

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Supercomputer Coming to Tulsa

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Dan Callaghan came to Tulsa this week to learn.

Callaghan, the western U.S. sales director for Fujitsu America Inc., was in Tulsa for the Oklahoma Innovation Institute's Tulsa Research Partners day. The symposium was the first collaborative research day among the regional universities, the city of Tulsa and the business sector. The event was part of the launch of the Tulsa community supercomputer, said Alex Barclay, director of the supercomputer.

Fujitsu is providing the servers for the supercomputer, said Callaghan, who is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

"Tulsa is not a huge academic research powerhouse," he said. "But, we wanted to see the breadth of what Oklahoma universities are doing and understand the depth of what the schools are going to do."

Fujitsu, a household computing name in Japan, has a goal of shaping the future, Callaghan said.

"They do a lot of projects that are for the social good," he said.

One issue facing the Japanese is that fewer people want to farm, Callaghan said.

"Their young people said, 'I want to play video games or operate a supercomputer," he said. "But the Japanese need to eat. So Fujitsu has created these cloud data centers and are talking to farmers about their craft - and they are sucking the brains out of these farmers - learning about watering, pesticides, the seasons and using their computer power to make farming interesting to the young person."

The same is true in areas like traffic patterns and health care, Callaghan said, referring to using computer power to create solutions for society.

The same is true with the Tulsa supercomputer, which will be called the Tandy Community Supercomputer, Barclay said.

Barclay said the symposium, which was held at One Technology Center in downtown Tulsa, was sponsored by the Oklahoma Innovation Institute and its initiative, Tulsa Research Partners. The partnership includes the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa. Oracle and Fujitsu are also partners.

One Technology Center, which is also City Hall, will be the home of the supercomputer, Barclay said.

The supercomputer, which will be capable of handling 30 trillion computations a second, is set to arrive next month, he said. …

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