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PSC's "WiiMD" Wins Best Demonstration at TG '08

PSC's "WiiMD" Wins
Best Demonstration at TG '08

PITTSBURGH, June 19, 2008 - The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) 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, June 9-13 in Las Vegas. A PSC team of two scientists and a University of Pittsburgh student received the award for "WiiMD," an innovative project that merges the video-game technology of the Nintendo Wii (pronounced "we") with interactive supercomputing.

PSC Mentors Local Students to Win TeraGrid Science Competition

PSC Mentors Local Students to Win TeraGrid Science Competition

Other Pittsburgh-Area Students Also Receive Recognition

PITTSBURGH, June 18, 2008 - Matthew Stoffregen, a junior at Woodland Hills High School, won first prize in a science competition at the third annual conference of the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation's program of cyberinfrastructure for U.S. science and education. Other local high-school and university students also won recognition at the conference, held June 9-13 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.

Weekly Reader Features PSC Tornado

Weekly Reader Features PSC Tornado

PITTSBURGH, May 28, 2008 - The online edition of the classic children's publication Weekly Reader recently featured a tornado animation produced at PSC. See the animated presentation here.

PSC and Fibertech Open New PoP

 

PSC and Fibertech Open New PoP

PITTSBURGH, April 29, 2008 - The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Fibertech Networks today celebrated the opening of a PSC Point of Presence (PoP) in Fibertech's new collocation facility in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Center Mall.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Takes Delivery of SGI Shared Memory Systems

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Takes Delivery of SGI Shared Memory Systems

PITTSBURGH, March 25, 2008 - On schedule with plans announced in January, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has taken delivery and begun testing two new SGI Altix® 4700 systems. One, named "Pople" for Nobel-Prize-winning chemist John Pople, will be integrated into the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation program of comprehensive cyberinfrastructure, substantially increasing the "shared memory" capability available through NSF for U.S. science and engineering research.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Contracts for SGI Shared Memory Systems

 

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Contracts for SGI Shared Memory Systems

PITTSBURGH, January 16, 2008 - The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has contracted with SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) to acquire two SGI® Altix® 4700 systems. One of the new systems (768 processors, 1.5 terabytes of memory, 5.0 teraflops peak performance) will be integrated into the TeraGrid, the National Science Foundation program of comprehensive cyberinfrastructure, substantially increasing the "shared memory" capability available through NSF for U.S. science and engineering research.

Buckyball Bowling with BigBen and Wiimo in Reno

 

Buckyball Bowling with BigBen and Wiimo in Reno

PSC scientists adapt the Wii remote controller to steered molecular dynamics.

PITTSBURGH, December 4, 2007 - At Supercomputing '07 in Reno, Nevada, Nov. 10-16, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) attracted attention at its booth with an innovative hybrid of game technology and supercomputing. PSC scientists Shawn T. Brown and Philip Blood along with student intern Jordan Soyke adapted the Wii motion-sensing controller (the WiiMote) from the Wii (pronounced "we"), Nintendo's popular game product, as a controller for molecular dynamics (MD) simulations running on BigBen, PSC's 4,000 processor, 21-teraflop Cray XT3 supercomputing system.

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