CIS Computing & Information Services

Gurcharan S. Khanna

As Executive Director of CCV, Gurcharan has responsibility for leading the growth of research technologies to help faculty researchers compete and succeed in their own fields. The CCV consists of scientific computing specialists, high performance computing systems staff, and visualization experts. Infrastructure resources consist of a 7,000 core HPC cluster, a half petabyte of high-speed tiered disk storage, and high performance Infiniband networking connecting fabric for the GPFS file system. A 3D virtual reality system (the YURT) consists of a 360 degree 140 million pixel display driven by 69 projectors and 20 HPC visualization nodes.

His professional experience includes the delivery of advanced computing technologies in academic environments. He created and continues to moderate the annual Internet2 Collaboration SIG and is also the vice chair of the Internet2 Metaverse group.

He was founding Director of Research Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology and Associate Director for Research Computing at Dartmouth College. Gurcharan has a special interest in innovative collaboration tools and the social aspects of technologically connected communities; he founded the Internet2 Collaboration Special Interest Group and created the Interactive Collaboration Environments Lab and a Global Collaboration Grid at RIT. He has consulted on grant proposals for multipoint collaboration systems and served on panels for the NSF Advanced Networking Infrastructure Research Program and the DOE SBIR Program. Gurcharan received a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Yale University and a Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.