IU's Cyberinfrastructure: Unlocking the secrets of vertebrate evolution
Project Leads: P. David Polly, professor of geological sciences at Indiana University
and Jason J. Head, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Research made possible by: Quarry supercomputer
Funded in-part by: National Science Foundation, award EAR-1338298
Using Quarry, a supercomputer at Indiana University, Polly and Head arrived at a compelling new explanation for why snake skeletons are so different: Vertebrates like mammals, birds, and crocodiles evolved additional skeletal regions independently from ancestors like snakes and lizards.
The High Performance Systems (HPS) group implements, operates, and supports some of the fastest supercomputers in the world – IU’s Big Red II, the Quarry cluster, Karst, and the large memory Mason system – in order to advance Indiana University's mission in research, training, and engagement in the state. HPS also supports databases and database engines used by the IU community.
NSF GSS Codes:
Primary Field: Geosciences (302) - Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
Secondary Field: Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Studies (980) - Biological and Physical Sciences/Natural Sciences