University of Dayton School of Engineering

Research at the Speed of Light

Mikhail Vorontsov, director of the Intelligent Optics Lab, is world-renowned for his work with laser communications. Now he has a new tool to speed his – and other – UD research along.

Vorontsov's group worked with PSSC Labs, a developer of custom high-performance computing and big data computing solutions, to install a cluster of 780 processing cores and four state-of-the-art graphics processing units. This high-powered technology will help Vorontsov to improve atmospheric optical systems for laser communications, LIDAR (radar using laser beams), imaging, laser beam projection and power delivery systems.

The computer cluster Vorontsov uses is part of UDsciNet, a 10-gigabyte high-performance data network that provides unimpeded connections to researchers around the nation. Other campus researchers use the cluster to analyze NASA satellite imagery, develop new ways of learning in STEM fields, analyze data sets involving climate change and precipitation models, and more.

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As dean of the School of Engineering, I am privileged to watch our students growing into engineers dedicated to a better world for us all. At the University of Dayton, we're committed to supporting student success by providing opportunities that connect learning, research and scholarship with leadership and service — the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

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Intelligent Optics Laboratory, Dr. Mikhail Vorontsov, Director

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