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SLASH2 Download Now Available

PSC is pleased to announce that SLASH2, PSC's open source, wide area network friendly distributed file system is now publicly available.

By featuring multi-residency at the file level, system-managed data transfer, inline checksum verification and more, SLASH2 removes the burdens of large data set management from users and administrators. You no longer have to worry about

  • replicating data to provide local access
  • maintaining multiple copies of valuable data
  • learning multiple interfaces for emerging technologies such as cloud storage
  • managing data distribution and replication to ensure that data is consistent and coherent among users in collaborative research environments
  • overseeing the migration of data sets across storage resources, while adhering to network policies and certifying data integrity

File storage in the Data Supercell, PSC's reliable, high capacity, secure data storage solution, is managed by SLASH2.

SLASH2 is temporarily being released under an academic-only use license due to intellectual property considerations. In the near future, it will be released under the GPL 2.0.

To read more about SLASH2 or to download the source code, see the SLASH2 site.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:23

Lack of Reliable Transportation Undermines Delivery of Lifesaving Vaccines

University of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Computer Simulations Highlight Need to Increase Focus on Vaccine Transport

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Transportation of vaccines is a critical component for improving vaccination rates in low-income countries and warrants more attention, according to a computer simulation by the HERMES Logistics Modeling Team at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The team recently reported their findings in the PLOS ONE online journal (

Each year, millions of dollars of potentially lifesaving vaccines fail to reach populations throughout the world. Most aid programs tend to focus more on purchasing vaccines or donating refrigerators and freezers to help ensure vaccine delivery. The computer simulation of the West African nation of Niger showed that improving transportation as well could improve vaccine availability among children and mothers from roughly 50 percent to more than 90 percent.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 13:36

PSC, Notre Dame to Supply Computer Infrastructure for Global Malaria Eradication Project

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the University of Notre Dame have received up to $1.6 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a system of computers and software for the Vector Ecology and Control Network (VECNet), an international consortium to eradicate malaria. The new VECNet Cyber-Infrastructure Project (CI) will support VECNet’s effort to unite research, industrial and public policy efforts to attack one of the worst diseases in the developing world in more effective, economical ways.

“VECNet is about bringing order out of chaos,” says Tom Burkot, VECNet’s principal investigator and professor and tropical leader at James Cook University, Australia. “The challenge we have is that we’re trying to control and eliminate malaria in a world in which, for example, there are 40 or 50 dominant mosquito species that are important for its spread.” The CI project, he adds, is intended to decrease the complexity of engaging in the problem so that malaria researchers, national malaria control officials, product developers, and policy makers can all contribute to solutions.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 13:39

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Scientists Patent Software for Protecting Supercomputing Results Against System Failures

PITTSBURGH, April 8, 2013 — Scientists at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have patented ZEST, a piece of software that takes a rapid “snapshot” of a supercomputer’s calculations as it works. ZEST greatly speeds the ability to store complex calculations as a hedge against a system failure, saving precious supercomputing time and slowing calculations down far less than current methods.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:24

Building a Better Carbon Trap

Blacklight Helps Researchers Develop Better Materials for Carbon Capture

Read the University of South Florida press release.

In the aftermath of the infamous "Climategate" leak of scientists' emails, it’s becoming clear that the climate science never really was in question. Human generation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses is altering the global climate. Which leaves us with a difficult question. Today’s world is very dependent on carbon-dioxide-generating fossil fuels. How do we make our economy “carbon neutral” while still having an economy?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:00

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