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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Enabling Graphics Processing Unit-based Data Science

UW–Madison researchers increasingly require graphics processing units (GPUs), specialized computing hardware that powers many of the dominant data science technologies, including but not limited to deep learning.  This project will create GPU computing resources that include a community of technical experts, a library of sharable software and documentation, and a freely accessible pool of computer servers with GPUs managed by the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) in order to unite existing GPU-based data science researchers and bring new tools into the hands of scientific domain experts.

These capabilities will support other emerging data science initiatives at the UW–Madison and accelerate and enable new research in a wide spectrum of areas including agronomy, bacteriology, botany, chemistry, computer science, computer vision, cryo-electron microscopy-based structural biology, engineering, genomics, machine learning, medical imaging, neuroscience, personalized medicine, physics and psychology.

Principal Investigator:

  • Anthony Gitter
    Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Morgridge Institute for Research

Co-Principal Investigators:

  • Miron Livny
    Professor of Computer Sciences, Director of the Center for High Throughput Computing, Chief Technology Officer of the Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • Lauren Michael
    Research Computing Facilitator at the Center for High Throughput Computing, Discovery Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery


  • David Page
    Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • Dimitris Papailiopoulos
    Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Sebastian Raschka
    Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Vikas Singh
    Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
  • Paul Ahlquist
    Professor of Oncology and Molecular Virology, Professor of Microbiology, Professor of Plant Pathology, Investigator at Morgridge Institute for Research and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Ender Tekin
    Associate Scientist at the Waisman Center
  • Elizabeth Wright
    Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center, Morgridge Institute for Research