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Company Overview of Texas A & M University System, The

Company Overview

The Texas A & M University System owns and operates colleges that offer undergraduate and graduate programs. Its subject portfolio includes agriculture engineering, architecture, business, education, geosciences, liberal arts, medicine, science, and veterinary medicine. Texas A & M University was founded in 1876 and is based in College Station, Texas.

200 Technology Way

College Station, TX 77845-3424

United States

Founded in 1876



Key Executives for Texas A & M University System, The

A. P. & Earline Wiley Professor of Marketing at Mays School of Business
Age: 77
Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization
Vice Chancellor for Research
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Texas A & M University System, The Key Developments

Texas AandM University System Selects Servitas, LLC to Develop 48 Acres West of the George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road Intersection into Student Housing

The Texas AandM University System has selected Servitas, LLC to develop 48 acres west of the George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road intersection into student housing. The land will be ground leased to NCCD-College Station Properties LLC which will engage Servitas to develop the property and contract with Servitas Management Group, LLC to serve as manager of the development. Under the terms of the ground lease, NCCD-College Station will pay $18.5 million upfront to Texas AandM University, and future revenues are projected to average $20 million annually over 30 years. The facilities will revert to The Texas AandM University System upon termination of the ground lease. Park West, as the development is to be known, is the large of five recent public-private projects of the Texas AandM System in College Station. Those five projects are expected to generate more than $900 million in benefits to Texas AandM over the life of the long-term projects typically 30 years or more and Park West will account for almost two-thirds of that total. When the Park West development opens in August 2017, it will provide an additional 3,402 beds in the community for students in facilities ranging from studio apartments to three-bedroom garden-style units.

Texas A&M University System and IBM Form Research Collaboration

Texas A&M University System and IBM have announced an agreement for computational sciences research through big data and analytics. The collaboration will leverage the power of big data analytics and high performance computing (HPC) systems for innovative solutions across a spectrum of challenges, such as improving extraction of Earth-based energy resources, facilitating the smart energy grid, accelerating materials development, improving disease identification and tracking in animals, and fostering better understanding and monitoring of global food supplies. IBM will provide the infrastructure for the joint research consisting of Blue Gene/Q technology, Power and System x servers, and General Parallel File Systems Storage Systems. A test of the Blue Gene/Q on campus found that it ran a material sciences problem that previously took weeks to solve and produced a solution in a fraction of an hour with much greater analytical depth. As the larger research university in the state, this agreement is a major step forward for the A&M System in research computing power. This brings together the best computer scientists and technology in the world to focus on issues so important to role as a leading research institution and to land-grant mission of serving the state while also providing resources to serve the greater good throughout the world." IBM Research and the A&M System intend to align skills, assets and resources to pursue fundamental research, applied development, educational reach and sustainable commercial activities with projects that may include Sustainable Availability of Food; Disease Spread Tracking, Modeling and Prediction; Energy Resource Management; and new Materials Development. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries, and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development, and enhance the educational systems of Texas. It is intimately connected with the College of Engineering of Texas A&M University, which is undergoing an unprecedented growth to become a College with 25,000 students by the year 2025 and hire a new generation of faculty who will be addressing the Nation's needs for research and technology development. In support of the long-term research effort, IBM will supply to the A&M System cutting edge technical computing technologies, which will be cloud-enabled. The A&M System will deploy a research computing cloud that will comprise of IBM hardware and software. Serving as the foundation of the computing infrastructure, a Blue Gene/Q system consisting of two racks, with more than 2,000 compute nodes, will provide 418 teraflops of sustained performance for big data analytics, complex modeling, and simulation of molecular dynamics, protein folding and organ modeling. A total of 75 PowerLinux 7R2 servers with POWER7+ microprocessors will be connected by 10GbE into a system optimized for big data and analytics and high performance computing. This complex includes IBM BigInsights and Platform Symphony software, IBM Platform LSF scheduler, and IBM General Parallel File System. The solution will contain an estimated 900 IBM System x dense hyperscale compute nodes as part of an IBM NeXtScale system. Some of the nodes will be managed by Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition as a University-wide HPC cloud while the others will be managed by Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition and serve as a general purpose compute infrastructure for the geosciences and open source analytics initiatives. Platform Computing software will be used to manage and accelerate various computational workloads. Platform Symphony will drive big data and analytics, and Platform LSF will drive traditional HPC and technical computing workloads. Platform Computing will also power the creation of an HPC cloud, allowing users within the A&M System access to the system. Five IBM System x General Parallel File System (GPFS) Storage Servers will provide five petabytes (PB) of shared storage for use by the compute building blocks using high-speed networks. GPFS will also include an IBM FlashSystem 820 tier with 10 terabytes (TB) of flash storage, delivering performance to accelerate computation for use primarily by Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Geosciences and university HPC as a part of the research computing infrastructure. Furthermore, IBM will work with researchers at the A&M System to assess new computing technologies that will be necessary to advance data-driven science discovery and innovation over the next several years.

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