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UPR, PSC Minority STEM Outreach Work Wins Best Workforce Diversity Paper Award at XSEDE16

July 25, 2016

A peer-reviewed report by researchers from the University of Puerto Rico and PSC surveying students at PSC's MARC Summer Internship has won the Best Workforce Development and Diversity Paper at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference. The investigators offer suggestions on how minority-serving instutions and high-performance computing centers can better help improve the preparation of students for careers as bioinformatics scientists.

Read more: New Approach Needed to Bring Minority Students into Bioinformatics

Read the paper: Assisting Bioinformatics Programs at Minority Institutions: Needs Assessment and Lessons Learned—A Look at an Internship Program

Making Big Data DANCE(S)

XSEDE Project Successfully Tests Scheduled Networking of Big Data

July 22, 2016

A project to make movement of the largest datasets more efficient has tested for the first time networking hardware components necessary for scheduling network bandwidth using Software Defined Networking (SDN). Researchers from the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE collaboration of supercomputing sites reported at the XSEDE16 conference in Miami how they tested transfer of Big Data between two XSEDE sites, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at the University of Tennessee.

Read more: Successful Test of Big-Data Transfer Scheduling

New Approach Needed to Bring Minority Students into Bioinformatics

Study of PSC Internship Shows a Need To Go Beyond Traditional Outreach

July 19, 2016

Bringing more minority students into the bioinformatics training pipeline may require a major rethink of STEM outreach to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and more funding, a team from the University of Puerto Rico and PSC reported today at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference in Miami.

Read more: New Approach Needed for Minority Bioinformatics Outreach

Just in Time

Virtual File System Will Save Vast Computer Storage Space by Processing Images on the Fly

July 19, 2016

Researchers analyzing complex multidimensional images may be able to save hundreds of terabytes of disk space, a team from PSC reported at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference in Miami today. Their “virtual file system” software now in development will carry out image processing on the fly, for any viewing software, saving vast data storage by making it unnecessary to maintain multiple copies of processed datasets.

Read more: Virtual File System Will Save Vast Computer Storage Space

PSC Staff to Present on Big Data Resources, Education and Technology at XSEDE16

July 12, 2016

Experts from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and their collaborators will present a number of topics at XSEDE16, the fifth annual conference of the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE16 will take place at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel on July 17 through 21.

Read more: PSC staff to present at XSEDE16

Drones Could Be Cheaper Alternative in Delivering Vaccines

Unmanned aerial vehicles could also improve vaccination rates in low- and middle-income countries

June 21, 2016

Unmanned drone delivery of vaccines may save money and improve vaccination rates in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new computer simulation by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

Delivery of vaccines by drones may be quicker and cheaper than by land-based methods limited by road conditions and the need for costly fuel and maintenance, according to the HERMES advanced computer model. The researchers reported their findings today in the journal Vaccine.

“When we're considering changes such as introducing drone delivery to a system as dynamic as a vaccine supply chain we might see unexpected consequences, not all of which are positive,” says Leila Haidari, public health applications manager at PSC and coauthor in the paper. “Computational modeling gives us the ability to assess the potential impacts of the change and inform our decision making.”

Read more about the study.

Read more about the HERMES supply chain model.

PSC Joins OpenHPC Framework

June 16, 2016

In partnership with PSC and other organizations the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today is announcing technical, leadership and member investment milestones for OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments.

While HPC is often thought of as a hardware-dominant industry, the software requirements needed to accommodate supercomputing deployments and large-scale modeling requirements is increasingly more demanding. An open source framework like OpenHPC promises to close technology gaps that hardware enhancements alone can’t address. Because open source software has proven its ability to reliably test and maintain operating conditions, it is quickly becoming the de facto software choice for the world’s most complex environments – meteorology, astronomy, engineering and nuclear physics, and big data science, among others.

In addition to PSC, organizations supporting the OpenHPC open source framework and serving as founding members of the project are Altair, Argonne National Laboratory, ARM, Atos, Avtech Scientific, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, CEA, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (Indiana University), Cineca Consorzio Interuniversitario, Cray, Inc., Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), Lenovo, Los Alamos National Security (LANS), ParTec Cluster Computing Center, RIKEN, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), SGI, SUSE, and Univa.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

June 8, 2016

On June 9, 2016, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) celebrates its 30th anniversary. The beginning of PSC’s fourth decade will see the center with two new supercomputers—the National Science Foundation-funded Bridges system, already operational and due for completion this fall, and an Anton 2 molecular dynamics simulation system, provided at no charge by D. E. Shaw Research and with operational funding from the National Institutes of Health to be hosted at PSC also beginning in the Fall.

The City of Pittsburgh cited PSC’s contributions to the region’s academic achievements and economy in a ceremony on June 7, proclaiming the 9th “PSC Day” in the city. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senate and House have similarly recognized PSC’s contributions to the state.

Read more: PSC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Opening Bridges

Early Success on PSC's Game-Changing Computational System

May 31, 2016

Scientists have reported progress in fields such as genomics, public health, chemistry, machine learning and more in the first two months of use for PSC’s new supercomputer, Bridges. As of May 26, PSC had allocated time for 245 projects on Bridges, with many more expected.

Read more: Early Success on Bridges