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Awards Received by PSC Users and Staff

PSC is very proud of the wide recognition its users and its staff have received as a result of their research here.


HPCWire Readers’ Choice Awards

Selected by vote of HPCwire’s readership

  • Best use of HPC in Life Sciences
    Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and SGI “Blacklight” – PSC’s Blacklight supercomputer has helped researchers overcome limitations in complex DNA and RNA sequencing tasks, identifying expressed genes in nonhuman primates, petroleum-digesting soil microorganisms and bacterial enzymes that may help convert non-food crops into usable biofuels.
  • Best use of HPC in “Edge” HPC Application
    Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Notre Dame University and VecNet Cyber Infrastructure (CI)– A project of PSC’s new Public Health Group and collaborators at Notre Dame, VecNet CI is building a computer system that will enable VecNet — a partnership of academic and industrial researchers, local public health officers and foundation and national decision makers — to test ideas for eradicating malaria before trying them in the real world.

HPCWire Editors’ Choice Awards

Selected by HPCwire editors

  • Best Application of “Big Data” in HPC
    Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Cray YarcData Urika “Sherlock” – PSC’s newest supercomputing resource, Sherlock is, in part, hard-wired to solve what are known as graph problems: questions concerning complex networks that can’t be understood in isolated pieces. Sherlock is busy shedding light on cancer protein and gene interactions, as well as performing smarter information retrieval in complex documents such as Wikipedia.
  • Best use of HPC in Financial Services
    XSEDE, PSC SGI “Blacklight” and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Cray “Gordon”– Earlier work on PSC’s Blacklight enabled researchers to prove that high-volume automated traders were exploiting market reporting rules to make “invisible” trades that manipulated the markets. In October, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ changed their rules to close this loophole. Current work with Blacklight and the SDSC’s Gordon, through the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE network of supercomputing centers, seeks to make moment-by-moment analysis of market activity possible for regulators.


HPCWire Readers' Choice Award

Selected by vote of HPCwire’s readership

  • Best Use of HPC in an Edge HPC application

The award recognizes PSC for its work with Blacklight, PSC’s SGI® Altix® UV1000 system, the world’s largest shared-memory system, a resource of XSEDE, the National Science Foundation cyberinfrastructure program. Because of Blacklight’s large amount of shared memory, scientists have been able to access up to 16 terabytes at a time, a feature that has enabled ground-breaking work in several fields, including fields of computer science — natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) — that haven’t traditionally made substantial use of HPC.


HPCWire Readers' Choice Award

Selected by vote of HPCwire’s readership

  • Top Supercomputing Achievement

The award recognized PSC's research in H1N1 modeling as part of the National Institutes of Health's Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) project, which supports research to simulate disease spread and evaluate intervention strategies. In this work, PSC scientist Shawn Browncollaborates with the Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence, led by Donald Burke, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.


SIGCOMM Test of Time Award

PSC senior network engineering specialist Matt Mathis was awarded the Test of Time Award from the the Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM), of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for a 1997 paper, “The macroscopic behavior of the TCP congestion avoidance algorithm”. The paper, co-authored with former PSC staff members Jamshid Mahdavi and Jeff Semke and with Teunis Ott (then at Bellcore), was published in the ACM journal Computer Communication Review.

TG08 Best Demonstration

A PSC team of two scientists and a University of Pittsburgh student won the award for “Best Demonstration” at TG08 during the annual conference of the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation's program of cyberinfrastructure for U.S. science and education. “WiiMD”, an innovative project that merges the video-game technology of the Nintendo Wii with interactive supercomputing, was developed by PSC staff Shawn Brown and Phil Blood and student intern Jordan Soyke.

TG08 Student Science Competition

Three PSC-mentored high school students took first, second, and third prizes in the Science Competition at TG08, the annual conference of the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation's program of cyberinfrastructure for U.S. science and education. Matthew Stoffregen won first prize; Shivam Verma placed second and Srihari Seshadri, also a PSC student employee, placed third.

TG08 TeraGrid Student Research Competition

In the TeraGrid Student Research competition at TG08, Maxwell Hutchinson, a Carnegie Mellon University student and PSC student programmer, came in second in undergraduate research.


HPCWire Reader's Choice Awards

Selected by vote of HPCwire’s readership

  • Most Innovative Use of HPC in the Life Sciences

This award honors the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC), PSC's biomedical research program.

  • Most Innovative HPC Storage Technology or Product

This award recognizes ZEST, a PSC-developed file system that facilitates scientific computing on very large-scale (petascale) systems.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:44