Arizona State University
University Senate
Fall 2014

Senate Motion #2015-44

Two read requirement was waived by Senate vote. Senate meeting #4 12/1/2014

Motion Introduced by: Joseph Comfort, Chair of the Research and Creative Activities Committee.

Date of First Reading: December 1, 2014

Date of Second Reading: December 1, 2014

Title of Motion: High Performance Computer System Review

Action Requested: The University Senate Research and Creative Activities committee and the University Academic Council, recommend passage of this motion.

Background Information: Click here to read relevant backgorund information relating to this motion.


Whereas supercomputing capabilities have become essential in many academic fields, and

Whereas the High Performance Computer (HPC) system (also called A2C2) has provided excellent service to faculty and students under a pay-per-use funding system, also with small no-cost allotments of computer time, and

Whereas the management has decided to change the financial structure of the HPC by implementing a replacement Community Cluster program that is bringing hardships to users

The University Senate

  1. Requests that the change from pay-per-use funding base to the Community Cluster program be temporarily suspended;

  2. Directs the University Academic Council to form a broad-based task force to study the role, use, and funding of supercomputing at ASU;

  3. Must approve a report before the earlier pay-per-use, the Community Cluster program, or any alternative funding structure is authorized to proceed.

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