Super Computing Science Consortium
Formed in 1999 and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Super Computing Science Consortium, or (SC)2, is a regional partnership of research and educational institutions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (SC)2 provides intellectual leadership and advanced computing and communications resources to solve problems in energy and the environment and to stimulate regional high-technology development and education.
Through the (SC)2 framework, the partners
- open cooperative channels among the partners with the objective of enhancing research in the West Virginia - Pennsylvania region
- facilitate collaborations among NETL, WVU and other institutions of higher learning in the West Virginia - Pennsylvania region and PSC on the application of HPCC to simulations of energy and environmental processes and on development and implementation of HPCC technologies for such simulations.
Through (SC)2, Evergreene Technology Park in Greene County provides a resource that supports and encourages companies to collaborate with local universities in southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia and to have access to PSC.
Regional University Alliance
PSC has extended a research collaboration with NETL, begun during 2010, through the Regional University Alliance, which combines NETL’s fossil-energy expertise with research at regional universities, including Carnegie Mellon. Through the end of 2010, PSC’s work with NETL staff included implementation of VisIt, a software package for scalable visual analysis, on NETL’s computing cluster and graphics accelerators. This work makes it possible for NETL researchers to use VisIt interactively with large data produced by MFIX (Multiphase Flow with Interphase Exchanges), NETL’s award-winning software for simulating coal gasification and other clean-coal technologies.
Research for Clean Energy
Since its founding in 1999, more than 50 (SC)2 researchers have used PSC systems for a range of clean-energy related projects, including designs for advanced power turbines, fluidized-bed combustion, and a reactor to produce power from gasified coal. This work has used more than six million hours of computing time.
Since the spring of 2000, a high-speed network — the first fiber-optic service to Morgantown, West Virginia — has linked the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) campuses in Morgantown and Pittsburgh with PSC, facilitating NETL collaborations. Researchers at NETL and WVU have actively used this link to tap PSC computational resources.