Specialized Equipment

The equipment in the SENS Laboratory is being upgraded to include a cluster of symmetric multiprocessors (SMPs), interconnected by a high-speed switch, for research in parallel and distributed data processing applications. This testbed is supported by an NSF/CISE Research Instrumentation grant, CDA-9617310 and matching funds from Michigan State. The SMP cluster testbed is targeted specifically at four research projects: large-scale parallel data clustering as applied to image processing; communication algorithms and libraries for parallel computing environments based on commodity components; programming support tools for specification and design, visualization, and resource allocation; and design of parallel algorithms for feature extraction and matching in large-scale, distributed fingerprint databases. The SMP cluster will be interconnected to existing research facilities, creating a rich research infrastructure for parallel and distributed computing.