Sun Microsystems Academic Excellence Grant Awarded to Montclair State University


November 2, 2005


Professor Stefan Robila from the College of Science and Mathematics Department of Computer Science at Montclair State University has received an Academic Excellence Grant (AEG) from SUN Microsystems, Inc.


SUN is donating equipment, valued at $34,155, for a rack-based Sun Fire V40z 4CPU 16GB RAM server along with a Sun Java Workstation W2100z Dual Opteron Processor bundled with high end graphics capabilities. This equipment will significantly strengthen Dr. Robila’s Remote Sensing Laboratory ensuring its position on the cutting edge of research and education in image processing and remote sensing.


The project deals with the development of efficient hyperspectral image processing and visualization methods in a multiprocessor environment targeted at bio-medical imaging. The use of Sun technology is essential in the success of the project. The Sun Fire V40z server will have a dual purpose, acting as a data server for the project, and being employed in the development of a parallel/scalable processing toolkit for the hyperspectral data. The server’s architecture will allow for significant speedup in processing, an important achievement when up to date results are needed. The Sun Java Workstation W2100z will be used for the initial processing and data visualization. The dual AMD Opteron coupled with NVIDIA Quadro graphics accelerator provides superior visualization capabilities for complex data and large images such as the ones used in this project. The project will also impact the educational diversity of de Department of Computer Science by involving undergraduate and graduate students in the development of the application and exposing them to state of the art computing environment.


The Remote Sensing Laboratory is part of the Center of Imaging and Optics (CIO), entity that groups several Computer Science faculty with research interests in imaging, optics, and graphics. Founded in 2004 with support from The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), CIO has established itself as a viable entity in the region through the organization of an imaging workshop, hosting guest lectures, and attracting two SPIE Educational Grants.