Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

May 9, 1996						John Westropp
							Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Four of Five 1996 Smithsonian Finalists Use Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

PITTSBURGH -- Four of the five innovations in science honored as finalists in the 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards are collaborations with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. For two of these projects, PSC itself is recognized. For two others, researchers used PSC computing resources for part of their work.

"This is both an honor for the center and the researchers that use the resources here," said Ralph Roskies, PSC's scientific co-director. "It also underscores the significance of the National Science Foundation supercomputing program." NSF funding has helped support four U.S. supercomputing centers since 1986.

"These projects," added co-director Michael Levine, "illustrate a few of the many ways in which supercomputing's ability to solve otherwise intractable problems has a positive impact on society."

The following four PSC collaborations are finalists in the Science category of the 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards:

Sponsored by Computerworld magazine and the Smithsonian Institution, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards program honors efforts that use information technology to develop innovative approaches to problem solving and whose outcomes improve the course of our lives.

CWSA awards have recognized Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center each year since 1992, when Westinghouse Electric Corp. won the Science award for their work establishing university-based supercomputing centers, including PSC. In 1993, PSC won the Science award for biomedical research on the interactions between DNA and proteins. In 1994, research at PSC that led to a three-dimensional computational model of blood flow in the heart won the CWSA award for Breakthrough Computational Science. In 1995, PSC was a finalist in Science for research simulating the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, was established in 1986 by a grant from the National Science Foundation with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additional major support comes from the National Institutes of Health. PSC's mission is to develop and make available state-of-the-art high-performance computing for scientific researchers nationwide.

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