News & Noteworthy: 2012 Press

PSC Joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon to Launch New Effort to Improve Multi-scale Modeling of Biological Systems

NIH Awards $9.3 Million to Establish Biomedical Technology Research Center 

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30, 2012 – The University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Biomedical Technology Research Center (BTRC) that will develop computational tools for modeling and simulating biological systems from the tissue level down to the molecular level.
By filling in the missing pieces between modeling efforts at disparate scales of structural biology, cell modeling and large-scale image analysis, this new collaborative initiative seeks to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control neurotransmission and signaling events, which in turn could lead to the development of novel treatments for nervous system disorders.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 13:53

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Presents Sherlock, a YarcData uRiKa System for Unlocking the Secrets of Big Data

PITTSBURGH, November 7, 2012 The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and YarcData, a Cray (Nasdaq: Cray) company, today announced the deployment of “Sherlock,” a uRiKA graph-analytics appliance from YarcData for efficiently discovering unknown relationships or patterns “hidden” in extremely large and complex bodies of information. Funded through the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure (STCI) program of the National Science Foundation, Sherlock features innovative hardware and software, as well as PSC-specific enhancements, designed to extend the range of applicability to scales not otherwise feasible.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 14:21

Using Supercomputers to Regulate How Supercomputers Buy and Sell Stocks

With access to supercomputing through the National Science Foundation, researchers are beginning to understand how ultra-fast computer trading is changing Wall Street.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, October 4, 2012 — The increasing role of computers in Wall Street trading has gathered wide attention, including a September hearing before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment. At that hearing, testimony cited a study — referring to it as “ground-breaking” — that a team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported as “the first paper to explore the impact of high-frequency trading in a nanosecond environment.”

Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 14:20

Data Supercell at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

A patent is pending for PSC’s innovative disk-based data-storage system.

PITTSBURGH, August 21, 2012 — The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has developed and deployed a cost-effective, disk-based file repository and data-management system called the Data Supercell. This innovative technology, developed by a PSC team of scientists, provides major advantages over traditional tape-based archiving for large-scale datasets.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 12:36

Biomolecular Research Program Extended at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Results to date include new insights into protein structure and function


PITTSBURGH, July 11, 2012 — The National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC) at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) just completed soliciting proposals for another round of research with Anton, a special-purpose supercomputer designed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) that has enabled researchers to achieve exceptional results in the simulation of biomolecules.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:42
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