Yu appointed director of Holland Computing Center | Nebraska today

Following a nationwide search, Hongfeng Yu was appointed director of the Holland Computing Center.

Yu, an associate professor at the School of Computing, took up his new post on August 15. His appointment follows two years as the center’s acting director.

The Holland Computing Center, the high-performance computing heart of the University of Nebraska, is home to the state’s fastest resources. Its computing and cyberinfrastructure systems and services, located at the Schorr Center in Lincoln and the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, are essential to advancing education, research and discovery in A.

The center is an integral part of some of the most visible research initiatives leveraging the strengths of the four university campuses, including precision agriculture efforts at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Quantitative Science Initiative of Life, the National Institute for Strategic Research and the Center for Brain, Biology and Behaviour. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the center is expected to play a key role in facilitating Grand Challenges projects and advancing toward the goals of the N2025 Strategic plan.

As director, Yu will shape the future of research computing for Nebraska. He will lead long-term strategic planning and investments in high-performance and high-throughput computing, collaborate with campus entities and individual researchers, pursue federal and philanthropic funding opportunities, and represent the center regionally, nationally. and international. It will also create new collaborations through Aand ensuring the center has the technical expertise to support researchers and staff.

“With his nationally recognized expertise in high-performance computing and his deep understanding of the University of Nebraska’s diverse research priorities and strengths, Hongfeng is uniquely positioned to lead the center,” said Bob Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor. for research and economic development. “His leadership will be crucial as our researchers push the boundaries of discovery through interdisciplinary work that requires, more than ever, the center’s advanced computing resources and its ability to process and store large datasets.”

Yu, who moved to Nebraska in 2012, is an expert in big data analysis and visualization, high performance computing, and user interfaces and interactions. His work has produced scalable algorithms and systems that have helped scientists across the country find accurate and efficient visualizations for applications in climate modeling, geophysical analysis, medical imaging, plant phenotyping and more. Again.

Yu’s lab has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the WE Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Energy, among others. This includes a price tag of $476,952 from NSF‘s Faculty Early Career Development Program, which supported Yu’s work to create software tools that extend network visualization capabilities.

Yu holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Zhejiang University in China and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories.

Yu succeeds founding director David Swanson, who died in a car accident in 2019. In May, the center launched Swan, a new supercomputer named in Swanson’s honor. Swan provides state-of-the-art resources for free A researchers, teachers and students.

Sherry J. Basler