About WRIST Facilities
PKI is a $47 million, 192,000-square-foot facility. The Institute, which opened in 1999, is the brainchild of educational and business leaders who saw the need to strengthen IT and engineering research, education and business development in Nebraska. The building has 100% wireless coverage. High-tech classrooms are available for remote lessons and distance learning.
PKI also has more than 12 advanced research labs:
- Multimedia technology
- data mining
- networking and wireless
- two telecommunications labs
- three computer security and information assurance labs
PKI offers state-of-the-art computing equipment to faculty and students of the College of IS&T, as well as other University of Nebraska personnel. The College currently supports one microcomputer lab accessible to all students and over 50 Windows and Linux servers to support faculty, classroom, and research endeavors. The lab contains over 90 Intel©Workstations with Dual Core processors and 16GB of RAM. Additional labs for educational instruction have between 35 and 50 stations.
Core facilities include a host of Dell PowerEdge servers as well as a 30 terabyte Network Appliance Disk Array.
Holland Computing Center at PKI
The Holland Computing Center at PKI has a Tusker data lab equipped with a 106 node production-mode Linux cluster—processors:
- Opteron 6272 2.1GHz, 4 CPU/64 cores per node
- RAM: 256 GB RAM per node
- Connection: QDR Infiniband
- Storage: 350 TB shared Lustre storage (500GB local scratch)
The center also has American Power Conversion InfraStruXure data center configuration modules to allow the center to remain at room temperature. The research labs at PKI are connected through high-speed fiber optic cables. There are three primary online learning classrooms with two-way voice, video, and data transfer via state-of-the-art cameras, microphones, and video projectors. All classrooms have the ability to support one-way online course activities. One laboratory is outfitted with Access Grid technology, which is used by computer science, IT, computer engineering, and electrical engineering students on two campuses of the University of Nebraska.
Faculty and staff at PKI are furnished with individual offices with standard office furniture and up-to-date computing facilities with high-speed wireless Internet connections.