Dr. Furlani serves as Director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research, a leading academic supercomputing center. As Director of CCR, Dr. Thomas Furlani, whose Ph.D. is in Computational Chemistry, manages the day-to-day operations of the center as well as oversees its research activities. CCR maintains an extensive array of computing resources, including an 8000 core Linux cluster and GPU based cluster. The total aggregate compute capacity of the center is more than 100 Tflop/s. One of the primary focuses of CCR is to support the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, which is comprised of UB, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. CCR provides several layers of support for the life sciences/bioinformatics initiatives, including access to specialized hardware and software to facilitate research, the development of customized software/databases to support data analysis (ex, REDFly), individual and group training on software packages supported by CCR, and collaboration with CCR staff to facilitate research and for proposal development.
A National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow, Dr. Furlani has more than 25 years experience in research computing and visualization, including high-performance computing, computational chemistry, and cloud computing. In addition to supporting research, Education and Outreach has been an important component of CCR’s mission since its inception, with on-going K-12, undergraduate and graduate level programs. In terms of K-12 outreach, CCR each year runs the Eric Pitman Annual Summer Workshop in Computational Science. Every summer, high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors spend two weeks learning computer programming and its application to problems in chemistry, visualization, and most recently bioinformatics.