Jan 19 2023

Gift from NVIDIA Founder Helps Create Oregon State University Research Center

The Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex will “harness one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers.”

Oregon State University has announced plans to build a $200 million research and education center on its campus in Corvallis, a facility funded in part by a large donation from NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and his wife, Lori. The Huangs are both OSU graduates.

The center will “harness one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers and team-based research in artificial intelligence, materials science and robotics,” according to a press release.

OSU President Jayathi Murthy said the 150,000-square-foot, three-story facility is scheduled to open in 2025 and will also support the university’s efforts to “advance diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM education and research.”

“The center will be a dynamic place where creative, driven faculty, students and partners from business and other universities come together to solve critical challenges facing the state, nation and world,” Murthy said.

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Through the facility, students will conduct research on artificial intelligence, materials science and robotics to tackle significant issues in areas such as climate science, oceanography, sustainability and water resources. The facility also aims to support the local semiconductor industry.

The university revealed $100 million in gifts toward the project last year, with $50 million of that courtesy of the Huangs. In recognition of their contribution, the facility will be named the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex.

“We discovered our love for computer science and engineering at OSU,” the Huangs said in the university release. “We hope this gift will help inspire future generations of students also to fall in love with technology and its capacity to change the world.”

“AI is the most transformative technology of our time,” they continued. “To harness this force, engineering students need access to a supercomputer, a time machine, to accelerate their research.”

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Research at the new center will be powered by an NVIDIA supercomputer built with next-generation CPUs and graphics processing units and is “expected to be among the world’s fastest university supercomputers,” according to OSU. The supercomputer will train AI models and perform digital twin simulations, and the facility will boast a “state-of-the-art” clean room and additional research facilities.

Jen-Hsun Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served as the company’s CEO and president ever since. NVIDIA invented the GPU in 1999 and is a leader in accelerated computing. The company offers solutions for data centers, AI and visualization, networking and more.

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