Research at KAUST brings students, faculty, and researchers together
to push the frontiers of science through collaborative inquiry into
issues of regional and global significance.
Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division is
associated with two of KAUST’s Research Centers, the University’s
primary research units and four Strategic Initiatives:
- Computational Bioscience Research Center
Researchers in this Center focus on developing innovative
computational technologies to accelerate scientific discovery within the
life sciences and expedite new biomedical breakthroughs.
- Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center
This Center is a hub of fundamental and application-orientated
research at the University. Researchers are pursuing new developments at
the forefront of visual computing, including petascale computing,
modeling, visualization, and immersive environments. The Center
possesses top expertise in geometry processing and modeling,
high-performance visualization, rendering methodology, simulation,
topology, and imaging science.
- Extreme Computing
Computational simulation is a third modality for scientific
discovery, engineering design, and decision support, having emerged from
six decades of algorithmic and hardware development with the resolution
capabilities and the culture of reproducibility necessary to stand
alongside theoretical and experimental approaches.
Since 1988, as measured by the Gordon Bell Prize, simulation has
improved by more than a factor of a million in performance (from
Gigaflop/s to many Petaflop/s) and by nearly a factor of a million in
price/performance (from over $2.5M per delivered Gigaflop/s to
approximately $5 per Gigaflop/s, in the form of GPUs). However, because
of new architectural stresses, extreme simulation now stands at a
crossroads; this drives the research agenda of the SIEC.
KAUST boasts the largest collection of
best-in-class research laboratories, facilities, and equipment of any
university in the world. Students and researchers have unparalleled
access to these resources, all of which will enable major scientific
Those associated with the Computer, Electrical
and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division use a number of
cutting-edge facilities, including:
- The Shaheen Supercomputer
one of the world’s fastest supercomputers in an academic environment.
Developed with IBM, it is capable of 222 teraflops, or 222 trillion
floating point operations per second. It also includes:
- A 16-rack IBM Blue Gene/P system with 65,536 independent cores
- A 1,500-node Linux cluster with two quad-core Nehalem processors per node
- 64 terabytes of aggregate memory capacity
- Petaflops capability expected within the next year, with scalability for future demand
- The CORNEA Visualization Center,
a fully immersive, six-sided virtual reality facility that turns data
into 3D structures that students and researchers can interact with and
examine as part of their work. Features include:
- 24 Quad HD Projectors, the highest native resolution (4096x2160 pixels) projectors
- An advanced spatial/surround sound audio system that adapts to match
visual images - the only known research center of this type in the world
Other research universities in the
Kingdom, region, and world will link to the University’s supercomputer
and laboratory facilities via the 10 gigabytes per second (Gbps) Saudi
Arabian Advanced Research and Education Network (SAREN).
This unique blend of facilities means that experimental studies at KAUST will be almost unconstrained by physical resources.