University of Hawaiʻi announces high technology Academic-Industry Alliance

Alliance of UH and industry partners will pursue Maui High Performance Computing Center contract

University of Hawaiʻi
David K Lassner, (808) 956-3501
VP for Information Technology & CIO
Posted: Mar 14, 2011

The University of Hawaiʻi (UH), which has managed and operated the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) since 2001, has created a new Academic-Industry Alliance with Lockheed Martin, Pacific Defense Solutions, Referentia Systems Incorporated, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in order to pursue the follow-on MHPCC contract, which is expected to begin October 1, 2011.
Over the past 10 years, UH has led the transformation of MHPCC to become a major national DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC).  The new alliance will support the long-term sustainability and success of the MHPCC DSRC as a vital national asset and cornerstone of the high technology community on Maui and in Hawaiʻi.
UH President M.R.C. Greenwood described the alliance by stating, “Building on our strong record of excellent management of the Maui High Performance Computing Center DoD Supercomputing Resource Center for the past decade, the University of Hawaiʻi is partnering with an exceptionally strong combination of local and national organizations to take the MHPCC DSRC to the next level of achievements.  Our ‘Home Team’ is eminently capable and well-prepared to continue our outstanding record of performance into the future for the benefit of our nation and the state of Hawaiʻi.”
Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. government and currently manages four of the major DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers, all located on the U.S. mainland. Pacific Defense Solutions (PDS) is a Maui-based and locally owned small business with nationally recognized subject matter experts in the fields of Space Situational Awareness (SSA), electro-optic systems, modeling and simulation. Referentia is a global small business headquartered in Honolulu that provides world-class innovative cyber security technology and solutions. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a U.S. Department of Energy multi-program science and technology laboratory that is currently the world’s largest supercomputing center.