Innovation Campus forms supercomputing partnership

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s new Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa will have high-speed computing resources under a new partnership between the UWM Foundation and the Milwaukee Institute.

The Milwaukee Institute has one of the state’s largest publicly available supercomputing resources, a high-performance computing cluster. It can be used to simulate, model and analyze complex applications for product development, engineering and research. In the innovation setting, companies could quickly test product designs and create virtual prototypes to demonstrate them.

Brooks Stevens and Concordia University will be the first Innovation Campus tenants to use the Milwaukee Institute’s services.

“Innovation Campus is ecstatic to have such resources,” said David Gilbert, executive director of Innovation Campus and president of the UWM Foundation and UWM Real Estate Foundation. “Researchers and product developers at Innovation Campus will be able to easily use the Milwaukee Institute’s high-performance computing tools without the financial burden or organizational distraction of maintaining their own IT plant. They can focus on what’s most important – their research.”

The Milwaukee Institute provides its HPC resources to several other area companies, including other UWM departments, Rockwell Automation, Briggs & Stratton Corp. and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

“We are delighted to be working with the researchers, scientists and product development specialists at Innovation Campus,” said Jay Bayne, executive director of the Milwaukee Institute. “Our partnership is further evidence of the momentum behind a shared, advanced IT infrastructure in Wisconsin. This model allows people to design, test and commercialize their ideas in record time without the burden of incurring capital costs.” 

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