Fresh Fish at PSC

Well, today marks my ninth day at PSC, and the beginning of my second full week. Haven’t jumped the shark yet, glad to say.

I’m also glad to say it’s been busy. There’s a lot going on at PSC, some of which I can share now and some of which I’ll hopefully be able to share in the not-too-distant. As far as the former:

Amber Leigh Harmon, the new writer at International Science Grid This Week, is picking up on Michael Schneider’s piece about using supercomputer simulations to better understand aortic aneurysms – malformations of the heart’s mainline to the body. This topic is personal for me, because Sam Gulino, firefighter, a personal hero of mine, and my grandfather, died unexpectedly of a burst aneurysm when I was 13. It’s also nice to help out a good egg like Amber, who I met at SC12. I look forward to reading her story.
We’re also getting into gear for the Sherlock launch on Feb. 1. We’ll be sending out a release on this closer to the date, but it’s such a neat machine I’ll refer back to my blog from SC12.
In the “I had no idea” file, I just found out that PSC had a large role in the supercomputing behind today’s life-saving storm reports. Again, this has a personal angle for me. My family is from Hackensack, N.J., which saw a lifetime-event four-foot storm surge up the Hackensack River. Many of you may have already known this; much to my chagrin, when I told my wife, Heather, about it she said, “Yeah, I heard that in one of my podcasts a month ago.”

So much for Pittsburgh’s Voice of Supercomputing. I guess I still have a lot to learn.

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