Southern Illinois University (SIU) is a comprehensive university with nationally and internationally recognized instructional, research, and service programs. Chartered in 1869, SIU awarded its first doctoral degree in 1959. SIU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers bachelor’s degrees through more than 80 programs, master’s and doctoral degrees through nearly 100 programs, and J.D. and M.D. degrees. Degrees are awarded through eight colleges (Agricultural Sciences, Applied Sciences and Arts, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication and Media Arts, and Science), the law school, and the medical school. Graduate degrees are awarded through the Graduate School. SIU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Research University - High Research Activity, and it is the only research university in the southern half of Illinois. The St. Louis Business Journal ranked SIU among the top three research universities in Missouri and Southern Illinois. SIU has strengths in arts and sciences, engineering, and technologies including environmental and energy research, materials science, agricultural biotechnology, biomedical research, health care, aviation technologies, automotive technology, smart building, and information technologies.
The majority of academic areas in SIU have connections, one way or another, with Big Data research, development, and applications. Taking College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA), for instance, the four schools (Transportation, Health Care, Architecture and Urban Planning, and Information Systems and Applied Technologies) in CASA represent a perfect fit for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) research and education generating or consuming Big Data. Even in the traditional educational research area, Big Data analytics will help build smarter, more innovative, resourceful, and effective universities that fully meet the needs of an increasingly complex society. SIU is pleased to be part of the Midwest Regional Big Data Innovation Hub sponsored by the National Science Foundation, a consortium consists of 12 states accelerating the Big Data innovation ecosystem in the Midwest region.
SIU is a member of Internet2, and SIU researchers have access to supercomputing facilities and big data storage clusters. SIU has Cisco Nexus 7000 series 10 Gbps fabric at the core. The primary Data Center has new 500 KVA generator, two 100 KVA UPS, two new high efficiency air cooling units and 14 Cisco Nexus FEX fabrics at 40 Gbps deployed throughout the Data Center. This brings SIU Data Center network capability to 560 Gbps with hardware on hand to double the capability as needed. There are also load balancers and large bandwidth storage SAN devices. In addition to an NSF funded HPC center, SIU added a Dell Linux cluster with 106 nodes, Intel Xeon dual CPU quad-core 2.3GHz, 8 GB RAM, and 90 TB storage clusters. The newly procured HPC (High Performance Computing) system is a Cisco UCS with 40 node, 2 Intel XEON E-5 per node with 64GB RAM, 2 node with 768 GB RAM, 1 TB TDD and 2 NVIDIA K40 GPU nodes. The Office of Research Computing and Cyber Infrastructure (RCC) provides assistants to researchers on campus with basic technology needs such as research data storage, high performance computing, and scientific data visualization. SIU Carbondale has 27 research centers and institutes and belongs to various research consortia, and also several national and international research organizations are headquartered on SIU campus.