The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), have inked a strategic partnership to provide high performance computing (HPC) resources for use in higher education and research communities.

The partnership was formed under ARL’s “Open Campus” initiative. Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), a University of Maryland center that operates a multi-state advanced cyber-infrastructure platform, will connect ARL’s high-performance computer Harold to this ecosystem on its 100-Gbps optical network. Harold will become available once the machine is scrubbed, declassified and brought into ARL’s demilitarized zone, or perimeter network.

Under ARL and UMD’s collaborative research development agreement (CRADA), the HPC resource will be allocated to MAX’s Internet Protocol (IP) address space, and will be accessible to the collective communities of UMD, MAX and ARL’s Open Campus, giving researchers access to supercomputing-caliber computational capability.

The collaboration between UMD/MAX and ARL will also support innovation activities conducted by private and startup companies that connect through MAX’s infrastructure.

[Image courtesy: MAX]