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New Mexico State University receives server donation from Hewlett-Packard Co.

New Mexico State University has received a computer server as a donation from Hewlett-Packard Co. for the New Mexico State University Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said Steven Castillo, the Klipsch School's department head.

server arrived Dec. 22 and was installed in the university's Thomas and Brown Hall on Dec. 27, with the help of a Hewlett-Packard engineer.

"This made the school's Christmas a little merrier," Castillo said.

Castillo said his department plans to use the server on problems related to the design of integrated circuits and antennas, the modeling of electromagnetic phenomena in humans, the modeling of complex electronic communication systems and the modeling of microprocessor performance. But it will be available to any researcher at New Mexico State who requires the use of a large computational resource, he added.

"It's very flexible. Several individual users could run several smaller problems simultaneously or it could be used by one researcher for a single, very large problem," he said.

The server has eight gigabytes of memory and 16 parallel processors. It is the type of computer used by research institutions for laboratory analysis or scientific and engineering modeling, but also by banks and corporations with very large databases, Castillo said.

He said the donation was made possible by the efforts of Patty Lopez, a Hewlett-Packard imaging scientist and campus manager of the company's recruitment efforts at New Mexico State. Hewlett-Packard employees Steve Silva and John Reed helped supervise the building of the server. Silva came to Las Cruces and helped Castillo install it over the Christmas holidays.

"The new server is one of several custom-built systems that were developed as part of HP's product development and release cycle," said Lopez. "As an alumna of New Mexico State and its HP campus manager, I'm always happy to find ways to align HP's philanthropic opportunities with technology needs of universities."

Jack King
Feb. 6, 2002