PSC at SC07: Bioscience via TeraGrid, K-12 & ZEST

PITTSBURGH, November 7, 2007 — At Supercomputing '07, Nov. 13-15 in Reno, Nevada, research presentations at the PSC booth (#587) will highlight three TeraGrid-enabled, distributed-computing projects in biomedicine:

  • 3D simulation of the human arterial tree (Leopold Grinberg, Brown University),
  • Modeling how outbreaks of viral disease spread in human populations (Douglas Roberts, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina), and
  • Real-time imaging of patient-specific blood-flow in the brain at clinically useful time scales (Peter Coveney, University College London).

All of these projects use TeraGrid resources at multiple TeraGrid sites, including PSC's Cray XT3.

PSC staff will highlight innovative PSC programs in K-12 education. These include Science and Technology Active Knowledge Experiences (STAKES) - a suite of activities shown to engage students and their teachers in fundamental concepts of computational science, and Computational Modules in Science Teaching (CMIST) - novel tutorials that include high-quality, biologically-realistic 3D animations that bring complex bioscience ideas to life in high-school classrooms.

PSC student-intern Jordan Soyke will describe PyProf, a profiling tool that he developed to predict application performance on future architectures.

SC07 STORAGE CHALLENGE: The PSC booth will also feature ongoing demonstration of ZEST, a prototype distributed file-system infrastructure that vastly accelerates aggregated write bandwidth on large compute platforms, alleviating a common bottleneck. PSC's complete ZEST prototype is instrumented with real-time graphical monitoring of back-end performance.

PSC staff will also describe ZEST in the SC07 Storage Challenge: 1:50 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 13, Room A10/A11.

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About PSC:
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Company. Established in 1986, PSC is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry, and is a partner in the National Science Foundation TeraGrid program.