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PSC Network Exchange Partners with Drexel University for Improved Internet Connection

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Network Exchange Partners with Drexel University for Improved Internet Connection

PITTSBURGH, February 17, 2011 — The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has partnered with Drexel University in Philadelphia to implement a five-fold upgrade to the Internet bandwidth of both 3ROX and Drexel at essentially no cost increase.

Prior to partnering, 3ROX and Drexel each had individual one-gigabit (a billion bits per second) connections to Internet2, a high-performance research and education network that connects universities, corporations and research agencies nationally. By partnering, they are able to take advantage of a new type of Internet2 connection. Normally, the next level of service available would be 10 gigabits, which is cost prohibitive, but the new connection makes it possible to have two connections, each with five gigabits of committed bandwidth.

"Operating in the virtual world we live in, we're able to split the connection into two five gigabit connections at two different physical locations, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh," said John Bielec, the chief information officer at Drexel. "The newly formed connector, called 3ROX/Drexel, will benefit the many Internet partner institutions of both Drexel and 3ROX.."

"This will allow significantly better end-to-end performance," said Wendy Huntoon, PSC director of networking, "as well as access to new Internet2-based services. We'll each maintain a separate physical connection to Internet2, but will now collaborate on the management and strategic direction for the connection."

The partnership consolidates Internet2 connections in Pennsylvania from the previous three — 3ROX, Drexel and MAGPI (Mid-Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2) — to two: MAGPI and 3ROX/Drexel. 3ROX serves universities, research sites and K-12 schools in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and Drexel connects the Drexel campus and its related research sites with the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities. With the new connection, both 3ROX and Drexel will be able to improve the quality and quantity of services they provide.

More information about 3ROX: http://www.3rox.net

PSC Scientific Co-Director Will Speak at Cafe Scientifique

What is Supercomputing and Why Should You Care?

Ralph Roskies, PSC scientific co-director 

PITTSBURGH, January 31, 2011 - Ralph Roskies, PSC scientific co-director, will speak at Pittsburgh's Cafe Scientifique, a series of talks about science held in an unstuffy atmosphere with food and drink at the Carnegie Science Center. Roskies' talk on Feb. 7 will discuss how supercomputers have immense power to improve our quality of life. Doors open at 6 pm. The program is 7 - 9.

3ROX Contracts with NOAA for $2.58M

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Internet Exchange Contracts with NOAA for $2.58M

PITTSBURGH, January 24, 2011 — The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has contracted with NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to provide a high-speed optical fiber connection to NOAA's planned Environmental Security Computing Center (ESCC) in Fairmont, West Virginia.

The new center, to be located at the at I-79 Technology Park Research Center in Fairmont, will house a supercomputing system, expected to be online by late 2011, to meet national weather forecasting and climate modeling goals outlined in NOAA's "High Performance Computing Strategic Plan 2011-2015." 3ROX will provide connectivity to ESCC by providing new network infrastructure between PSC and the Fairmont site. The connection to ESCC will have 10 Gigabit per second capability, and will allow ESCC access to national and international research networks such as Internet2 and National LambdaRail.

"We expect the infrastructure to be put in place by March 2011," said Wendy Huntoon, PSC director of networking, "and anticipate that we will be able to leverage it to upgrade existing connectivity to West Virginia University (currently 155 megabits per second)."

More information about 3ROX: http://www.3rox.net

Blacklight, the World's Largest Coherent Shared-Memory Computing System, is Up and Running at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Blacklight, the World's Largest Coherent Shared-Memory Computing System, is Up and Running at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

PITTSBURGH, PA., October 11, 2010 - Researchers are making productive use of Blacklight. This new system, which the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) acquired in July (aided by a $2.8M award from the National Science Foundation) features SGI's (NASDAQ:SGI) newest scalable, shared-memory computing platform and associated disks. Called Blacklight, the SGI® Altix® UV1000 system's extremely large, coherent shared-memory opens new computational capability for U.S. scientists and engineers.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives $1.5M Network Infrastructure Award

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives $1.5M Network Infrastructure Award

PITTSBURGH, PA., September 9, 2010 - The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the advanced network research group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has received a $1,535,000 Academic Research Infrastructure (ARI) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Effective September 1 and extending for four years, the award supports a major upgrade of the southwest Pennsylvania region's research and education network environment, which 3ROX maintains and manages.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives $980,000 Software Development Award

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives $980,000 Software Development Award

PITTSBURGH, PA., September 9, 2010 - The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the advanced network research group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has received a $980,000 Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure (SDCI) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, from NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, is for a three-year project called "Web10Gig" that will develop network software to enable ordinary users to effectively use advanced networks.

National Science Foundation Awards Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center $2.8M Toward the Purchase of World's Largest Coherent Shared-Memory System

National Science Foundation Awards Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center $2.8M Toward the Purchase of World's Largest Coherent Shared-Memory System

PITTSBURGH, PA., July 29, 2010 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has partially funded the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to acquire a system that features SGI's (NASDAQ:SGI) newest scalable, shared-memory computing system and associated disks. The SGI® Altix® UV system features extremely large, coherent shared-memory and opens a new computational capability for U.S. scientists and engineers.

Partnership of Supercomputing Centers Announces NSF XD TIS Award

Partnership of Supercomputing Centers Announces NSF XD TIS Award

NCSA, TACC, PSC and NICS to offer first dedicated technology insertion service for the "new" TeraGrid

PITTSBURGH, PA., June 28, 2010 - A team of four U.S. advanced computing centers today announced that it has begun work on the National Science Foundation (NSF) eXtreme Digital (XD) Technology Insertion Service (TIS) award, an $8.9 million, five-year project. XD TIS is a major Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) program dedicated to evaluating and recommending new technologies for HPC systems and other resources as part of the NSF TeraGrid and its follow-on initiative, XD.

Gubernatorial Candidate Onorato Visits Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Gubernatorial Candidate Onorato Visits Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

PITTSBURGH, PA., June 23, 2010 - Allegheny County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato visited the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) yesterday morning. He met with PSC scientific directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies, was briefed on PSC economic and educational value to the Commonwealth, and spoke with PSC staff at a press conference in which he highlighted the role of university-centered innovation in economic growth.

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