PSSC Labs’ HPC Clusters Selected by University of Dayton for Atmospheric Optics Systems Research

PSSC Labs, a developer of custom High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data computing solutions, today announced its work with University of Dayton’s Intelligent Optics Laboratory (IOL) to provide a powerful, turn-key HPC Cluster solution for its atmospheric optics system research.

The IOL investigates the effects of atmospheric disturbances on various laser systems. These include turbulence and other phenomena that cause changes in the refractive index of air, including solar-induced thermal gradients, humidity, precipitation, and heating induced by the laser itself. To accomplish this research, the IOL relies on “Weather Research and Forecasting” (WRF) software paired with input of weather conditions from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or similar agencies to provide predictions of temperature, pressure, wind, humidity and related conditions for any area. The widely used software, developed by a cadre of international research teams, is enhanced by techniques developed at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and University of Dayton (UD) to derive very high resolution (“micro-scale”) estimations of these conditions. These calculated conditions are used as inputs to wave optics modeling software developed at UD to provide high-fidelity estimates of the effects of lasers propagated through real-world atmospheric conditions. It is critical that the calculation time is reduced as much as possible to accommodate the high number of input variables.

After receiving a DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program) grant, the University selected PSSC Labs to manufacture the HPC Cluster system. “It was important for us to select a vendor familiar with the systems requirements of this type of advanced research, that can simultaneously offer the…

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