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CCNY to analyze N.Y. traffic impacts

Posted on March 26, 2008

The Universal Transportation Model Simulation Center (UTMSC) at The City College of New York (CCNY) will run real-time model simulations, as well as analyze and offer solutions for transportation problems in the New York metropolitan area.  

Powered by an SGI Altix 4700 supercomputer custom produced by Silicon Graphics Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., the UTMSC has the capacity to run large-scale transportation simulations.  

The Center will establish a set of test beds in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area that will be used to run various models, including dynamic traffic assignment models, transportation planning models, microscopic traffic simulators, signal optimization models and network flow models, either for real-time or offline studies. Creation of the UTMSC was funded by a $500,000 contribution from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office during fiscal year 2006. 

In addition, CCNY provided a $200,000 grant for the UTMSC lab, site renovation and operational startup. The Vista Transport Group provided a further contribution of $160,000 in DTA computer software – Visual Interactive System for Transportation Algorithms (VISTA) – and other software support.

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