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ROGER is not the average supercomputer most are familiar with. This advanced system has been specially configured to support innovative research relating to spatial data. At the CyberGIS Center, we believe "spatial is special" - and that is why ROGER has been built and configured to support this unique computing paradigm. Continue reading to learn more!

Why "ROGER"?

ROGER is the official name given to the world's first ever CyberGIS Supercomputer. Named in part after the Father of GIS, Mr. Roger Tomlinson», the name also stands for Resourcing Open Geospatial Education and Research. ROGER is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant».


Roger Tomlinson, the Father of GIS.

When Was ROGER Built?

Construction of the ROGER cluster began in late 2014. Once built, the CyberGIS Center opened up the system for testing around March of 2015.

The system was fully operational and open to general users by April of 2015.

Where Is ROGER Housed?

The supercomputer is located at 1725 S Oak St. Champaign, IL 61820» at the National Petascale Computing Facility» in Research Park at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. ROGER sits directly in between Blue Waters» and iForge», which are two separate clusters currently operated by the NCSA.  

What Makes ROGER Special?

Designed especially for geospatial applications requiring advanced cyberinfrastructure, each computing node has access to over 4 petabytes of high speed persistent storage, 256 gigabytes of local memory, and connects to external networks at 40Gb/s. ROGER is a uniquely designed system that integrates subsystems dedicated to traditional batch high performance computing (HPC) (a number of which have Nvidia Tesla K40 Graphic Processing Units (GPUs)), subsystems dedicated to data-intensive computing (e.g. Hadoop, Spark), as well as an OpenStack private cloud. Providing various subsystems enables researchers to take advantage of the best computing paradigm for their needs.

In addition to the high-scale computing hardware, ROGER is also equipped with state-of-the-art software for ensuring optimal spatial analysis. The cluster has a number of traditional scientific and geospatial software packages installed, and the software capabilities on ROGER continuously evolve in response to the needs of the user community.


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