Cyberinfrastructure Program

The purpose of the GPN CI Program is to oversee and guide the process of implementing the recommendations of the GPN Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Committee Report (Appendices I & II) and, in the long term, to assure the ongoing vitality of the GPN Cyberinfrastructure program in terms of a portfolio of services that meet member needs.

Organization & Governance

The GPN CI Program Committee is the managing entity of the GPN CI Program, operating with delegated authority from the GPN Executive Council to coordinate the implementation of CI services. Any unresolved dispute between participants in the CI Program will be resolved by the GPN Executive Council.

The CI Program Committee Chair is authorized to make emergency decisions on behalf of the entire CI Committee if a situation develops that does not allow for the entire CI Committee to participate in the decision. In such a situation, the Chair will communicate the issue and decision to the rest of the CI Committee as quickly as possible.

A CI Program Committee Secretary will be appointed from the CI Program Committee membership. The Secretary will be responsible for recording official minutes of the CI Committee. The Secretary will serve on an annual basis through June 30 of the fiscal year of appointment.


  • Daniel A Andresen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computing and Information Sciences, Kansas State University
  • Kevin Brandt, Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure, South Dakota State University
  • Tom Coffin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Matthew Keeler Director of Research Computing Support Services, Division of IT
    University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Deep Medhi, Curators’ Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Neil Wineman, Asst Director, Client Services (Information Services)
  • David DeFruiter, Director, Information Technology Services, University of Nebraska
  • Kyle Gruhn, University of South Dakota
  • Hoang Tran, Director of Research Computing at University of Kansas
  • David Chaffin, University of Arkansas
  • Henry Neeman, Assistant VP Information Technology – Research Strategy Advisor
    Director, OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER)
    Associate Professor, Gallogly College of Engineering
    Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, The University of Oklahoma
  • Pratul K. Agarwal, Ph.D.
    Assistant Vice President for Research (CyberInfrastructure) &
    Director of High-Performance Computing
    Oklahoma State University
  • Dr. Hongfeng Yu
    Interim Director, Holland Computing Center

CI Collaborations Around the Region

GPN-RP (Great Plains Network Research Network)




HPC Around the Region

Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science (Beocat)
Location: Kansas State University
Description: Currently 8K compute cores, 3PB storage.
Director: Dan Andresen
Contact Information:
Major Users: KSU Researchers, academic users across Kansas, and members of NSF funded initiatives.
Last Updated: September 13, 2019

Holland Computing Center (University of Nebraska)
Location: University of Nebraska
Description: Currently 25,000 cores. For more, see
Interim Director: Hongfeng Yu
Contact Information:
Major Users: NU researchers; US CMS Tier2 users; OSG VOs
Last Updated:  Sept. 13, 2019

OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER)
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Description: OSCER helps Oklahoma researchers learn and use advanced computing for research and education. The current cluster, Schooner, comprises 621 compute nodes (12,796 cores), providing 391.3 TFLOPs. 420 nodes (8,624 cores) are owned by OSCER, and 201 nodes (4,172 cores) are condominium nodes owned by researchers. OSCER also provides a research cloud (OURcloud), and a low-cost petascale archive storage resource (Oklahoma PetaStore).
Director: Henry Neeman
Contact Information:
Policies: The Oklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative allows any academic in the state to use any of the centrally owned resources on par with local users (usually for free). There is a description at Also visit
Major Users: Researchers and educators at OU and other Oklahoma institutions, and their collaborators elsewhere.
Last Updated: May 14, 2018

Oklahoma State University High Performance Computing Center (OSUHPCC)
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Description: Resources include HPC systems, research cloud, bioinformatics collaboration, workshops, individualized support and configuration, and proposal development consultations.
Director: Pratul Agarwal
Contact Information:,
Policies: All OSU faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators plus any academic in the state, most resources available at no charge, buy-in encouraged for large consumers of resources.
Major Users: Researchers and educators at OSU and other Oklahoma institutions, and their collaborators elsewhere.
Last Updated: May 3, 2018

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCi)

Location: Brookings, SD


Description: RCi at SDSU provides access to HPC systems, storage and networking services to faculty, staff, students, and collaborators throughout the region. RCi also provides training, consultation, and general compute support for all users of our systems. More information available at

Director: Kevin Brandt

Contact Information:

Major Users: SDSU Researchers, educators, and collaborators.

University of Missouri Research Computing Support Services
Location: Columbia, Missouri and Rolla, Missouri
Description: IT Research Support Solutions  (IT RSS) provides multi-campus compute, storage, networking, support, and training for researchers, students, and staff across the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) and Missouri University of Science & Technology campuses and the UM system. 
Director: Mark Bookout
Contact Information:
System: 192 nodes and 8,544 cores.
Support: 8 full time staff 
Last Updated:  December 7, 2019

University of South Dakota Research Computing Group
Location: Vermillion, SD
Director: Ryan Johnson
Contact Information:
Last Updated: May 3, 2018

Arkansas High Performance Computing Center

  • Location:  Fayetteville, AR
  • Website:
  • Description: HPC systems and cloud systems (667 nodes,  16,000 cores, 400 TF, 3PB storage), application support, and user interfaces.
  • Director: David Chaffin
  • Contact Information:
  • Policies:
  • Major Users: Researchers and Educators at the U of A and all Arkansas universities, and their collaborators.
  • Last Updated:  September 10, 2019