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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.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Will Host Specialized Machine for Biomolecular Research

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Will Host Specialized Machine for Biomolecular Research

With stimulus funding from NIH, the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will soon be accepting proposals for biomedical researchers to use a novel special-purpose supercomputer for biomolecular simulation that is being made available without cost by D. E. Shaw Research.

PITTSBURGH, PA., May 5, 2010 - The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a two-year, $2.7 million grant to the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC) at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to host a specialized supercomputer for biomolecular simulation designed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES). The machine, called Anton, will be made available without cost by DESRES for non-commercial research use by universities and other not-for-profit institutions.

PSC Researcher Manages Image Data for First Pittsburgh GigaPan

PSC Researcher Manages Image Data for First Pittsburgh GigaPan

PITTSBURGH, April 30, 2010 — Art Wetzel, PSC principal computer scientist, has collaborated with David Bear of Carnegie Mellon's Studio for Creative Inquiry (SCI) in creating the first Pittsburgh Gigapanorama. This interactive, 360-degree portrait of southwest Pennsylvania as seen from the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower was unveiled to the public on April 22 at the SCI. It is assembled from 4,000 individual frames comprising 31.3 gigabytes of data (10.5 gigapixels), making it one of the largest digital photographs ever created.

PSC on TV: Outreach Director Cheryl Begandy and PSC Partners Appear on "Our Region's Business"

PSC on TV: Outreach Director Cheryl Begandy and PSC Partners Appear on "Our Region's Business"

PITTSBURGH, PA., March 14, 2010 - PSC Outreach Director Cheryl Begandy and PSC corporate partners appeared on "Our Region's Business" with Pittsburgh journalist Bill Flanagan. Mike Makowski of PPG and Jay McClatchey of AppCompTech, whose companies rely on PSC resources for product development, joined Begandy as she talked about PSC's Discover 10 Open House on March 23.

SAFE-Net Workshop Reaches Across Pennsylvania

SAFE-Net Workshop Reaches Across Pennsylvania

SAFE-Net, a program of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, funded by the National Science Foundation, has reached across Pennsylvania to raise awareness about safe practices in use of the Internet.

PITTSBURGH, PA., February 15, 2010 - SAFE-Net, a cyber-security awareness program of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), recently connected a Carnegie Mellon University cyber-security expert with 75 educators at six school districts in eastern Pennsylvania via videoconferencing. Titled "The Educator's Role in Safe Computing," the three-hour interactive collaboration between PSC and the University of Pennsylvania's MAGPI Internet2 regional connector, highlighted how K-12 educators can raise awareness about cyber security and safety in the schools.

H1N1 Modeling Shows Short-Term School Closures May Worsen Flu Pandemics

H1N1 Modeling Shows Short-Term School Closures May Worsen Flu Pandemics

PITTSBURGH, PA., January 19, 2010 - Closing schools for less than two weeks during a flu pandemic may increase infection rates and prolong an epidemic, according to results from computational modeling using TeraGrid resources at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The findings, reported in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, derive from a series of computer simulations based on several data sources, including U.S. census data, and indicate that schools may need to be closed for at least eight weeks in order to significantly decrease the spread of infection.

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