As research and industry increasingly become more interconnected through computing and data, it is imperative for universities and industry to have competitive computing resources and talent.
The existing facilities, including the North Dakota University System Information Technologies building and tier 3 data center, provide an avenue for the Red River Valley to establish a Collaborative Center for Computation and Data. The center’s primary focus will be on statewide academic–industry collaboration. Using advanced computing and big data techniques, this new center will foster R&D, promote new business practices, attract talent, and provide funding to North Dakota by bringing valuable leadership and a large return on investment to the state.
Having these highly capable systems will allow North Dakota to leverage its current competitive positions in petroleum, agriculture, and aviation, in order to create new computational programs focused on the transfer of ideas. While all industries may benefit from a burgeoning data analytics capacity, the healthcare, utility, financial, and high tech industries will benefit almost immediately from the research and workforce development in this area.
Ultimately, NexusND is about creating immediately practical research and producing a workforce with the skills needed to develop the cybersecurity and high performance computing/Big Data infrastructures that will make the Red River Valley the national nexus of the UAS, healthcare, energy, agriculture and other industries, leading to significant economic development.