In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans and nearly destroyed the almost 180-year old Tulane University. But along with the intrepid people of the city, Tulane's leaders refused to give up. It rose out of the ashes, rebuilt and moved forward. Few accomplishments exemplify Tulane's rebirth than the new Cypress supercomputer.

In the years immediately following Katrina, Tulane's IT infrastructure lacked the power and capacity to meet the demand of a world-class university. The network was frequently clogged, and afternoon email slowdowns were a daily occurrence.

Under the guidance of Charlie McMahon, Ph.D., Vice President of Information Technology, Tulane set out not only to develop a new, more powerful system, but one befitting a place of learning as impressive as Tulane itself. 

The crowning achievement is the Cypress supercomputer, which will be used for a wide-range of workloads from sea-level calculations to molecular docking supporting pharmaceutical discovery. Tulane has even contracted with the National Football League Players' Association to conduct long-term tracking of players, who have a higher risk of traumatic brain injury.

You can learn more about Tulane's remarkable journey to recovery in this video.

Cypress arrived just in the nick of time: next year, Tulane is expected to see its largest, and arguably most diverse, graduating class in its history, with greater numbers of potential students applying every year.

We are very proud of our partnership with Tulane, and are humbled to have played a small part in this amazing institution's bright future. You can read a case study of Dell's work with Tulane here, and learn more about Cypress at HPCwire.