Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2)

Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2)

The goal of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute is to establish a comprehensive and internationally competitive Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) effort at Rutgers University that can nurture the fundamental integration of research, education, and infrastructure. This integration will stimulate new thinking and new practices that will be catalyzed by cyberinfrastructure advances. Collectively, these efforts will address today’s grand challenges in science, engineering, and industry.   

RDI2 conducts research in the areas of scalable discovery analytics and computational science and engineering, with applications to the life sciences, material sciences, astrophysics, combustion, fusion and geosciences. Through a multidisciplinary approach, RDI2 researchers identify and cultivate collaborations across all fields of science and engineering, working with researchers across Rutgers, in other universities, and in industry.

The Institute’s researchers design the tools, middleware, application-frameworks and the range of computing platforms necessary to develop advanced cyberinfrastructures. In 2014, RDI2 secured $10 million through the New Jersey Higher Education Leasing Fund for the purchase of supercomputing equipment. This equipment, known as Caliburn, was installed in the Spring/Summer of 2016. Featuring an architecture that is unique in the world, the supercomputer currently ranks No. 2 among Big Ten universities and No. 8 among US academic institutions in computing power. Caliburn is available for use by Rutgers and other NJ higher education researchers, as well as industry users. RDI2 researchers also develop high-throughput clusters, networks of mobile devices, grids and clouds, and are creating the integrated capabilities that enable the seamless execution and management of a wide variety of extreme scale applications on these computing platforms.

RD2 offers a variety of educational programs to Rutgers students, academic and industry researchers, including certificate and degree programs, seminars that are open to the public, and short training modules

RDI2 Industry Engagement

Although many U.S. firms recognize the competitive advantages of advanced computation technology, a large number are still reluctant to adopt it because of cost and knowledge barriers. The result is a “missing middle” in the nation’s productivity, which is causing American firms, particularly those in the middle of the supply chain, to fall behind their international competition. RDI2’s Industry Membership Program helps industry leverage advanced cyberinfrastructure resources to drive innovation and productivity.  The Program’s tiered membership structure is designed to meet the needs and budget of both large and small companies and provides industry members with a range of benefits and resources.