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New York State Business Outreach

The US Council on Competitiveness has identified high-performance computing as a key competitive factor for the future. "If we are to out-compete, we must out-compute."

As one of the Nation's leading high-performance computing, education, and interdisciplinary research centers, CAC is leveraged by New York State business and industry to stay on the cutting edge of computing, networking, and information technologies.

Helping New York Business to Innovate and Compete

How has CAC helped New York State industry innovate and compete? Let's look at a few examples.


Corning is heavily dependent on modeling and simulation in the development of new product lines. CAC helped Corning understand the structure of glass at the molecular level and the diffraction-limited optics in fused silica glass. CAC has also advised Corning on advanced information technology architectures and, most recently, computational materials engineering.


CAC deployed IBM's first and largest SP supercomputer and was IBM's product development partner.


CAC provided North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York State's largest healthcare network, with training and consulting for systems and data management so that they could deploy a state-of-the-art bioinformatics computing and storage system for high-throughput genetic mapping. The Biorepository at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research supports many large scientific studies including the New York Cancer Project with over 20,000 New Yorkers enrolled along with extensive medical and lifestyle information as well as blood samples for genetic analysis. The goal is to understand genetic, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors that account for differences in cancer risk and outcome.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman teamed with Cornell, Rochester's Impact Technologies, and others to win a $14.2 million award from DARPA to develop a Structural Integrity Prognosis System (SIPS) to predict when components will fail and reduce maintenance costs. Northrop Grumman was awarded a $17.8 million two-year follow-on contract.


Pfizer, the Nation's largest pharmaceutical firm with headquarters in New York, NY, was interested in emerging high-performance computing technologies and CAC information technology educational offerings.


TTC Technologies, Centereach, NY, is an example of the many small businesses CAC interacts with. TTC develops advanced software tools used by engineers for projects such as aircraft design, heat exchange analysis, and the development of hypersonic flows. CAC provided TTC engineers access to high-performance computing systems to accelerate their product development and testing.

CAC is recognized nationally for its business outreach. For example, HPCwire selected CAC for its "Best Collaboration with Industry and Government Award."  CAC was also honored to receive a Laureate Award from Computerworld and the Smithsonian for its advancement of cluster computing technologies.

Besides its expertise in advanced information technologies, CAC is Cornell's largest interdisciplinary research center and a gateway to industry collaborations in areas such as computational biology.

CAC, for example, is affiliated with OR-Manhattan and Cornell Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (ORIE).

Workforce Development

Cornell and CAC are sharing their intellectual capital by providing seminars, briefings, and training workshops to New York State companies. Over 100 companies have participated in CAC and Cornell events.

CAC collaborates with Cornell Computing and Information Science (CIS) which provides education in key fields and technologies in demand by New York State businesses, such as computational biology, computational science and engineering, and computer science. CAC staff teaches advanced information technology courses in areas such as Introduction to High Performance Computing Tools and Concepts and Computational Methods for Nonlinear Systems.

Cornell Computer Science and CIS have outstanding faculty and cutting-edge research.

New York State Economic Development

Besides providing advanced information technology training and developing research collaborations with industry, CAC and the Cornell research community attract federal funding to New York State. For example:

  • Cornell received a National Science Foundation award to deploy The MathWorks MATLAB on the TeraGrid as an experimental computing resource. The $1 million project provided seamless parallel MATLAB computational services to remote desktop and Science Gateway users with complex analytic and fast simulation requirements.
  • Cornell won a $2 million Next-Generation Cybertools award from the National Science Foundation to build cybertools that leverage the power of high-performance computing, the Internet, and Web services. Cybertools will allow for the manipulation, search, and processing of large-scale data in the Internet archive. Applications will include the study of social life in cyber space and practical business and government applications, such as the identification of market trends, the rise and fall of demand, and the spread of consumer opinion.


New York economic development resources and associations that CAC is affiliated with include: