PSC Wins Two Awards for Innovation

PITTSBURGH, November 13, 2007 — HPCwire, a leading electronic news outlet for high-performance computing and communication, awarded two of its 2007 Reader's Choice Awards for innovation to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center:

  • The National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC), PSC's biomedical research program, won for "Most Innovative Use of HPC in the Life Sciences," and
  • ZEST, a PSC-developed file system that facilitates scientific computing on very large-scale (petascale) systems, won for "Most Innovative HPC Storage Technology or Product."

HPCwire presented the awards last evening at Supercomputing 2007 in Reno, Nevada, the international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

Established in 1987, NRBSC was the first external biomedical supercomputing program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NRBSC scientists conduct core research at the interface of supercomputing and the life sciences, and they develop collaborations with biomedical researchers around the country, fostering exchange among experts in computational science and biomedicine and providing computational resources, outreach and training.

"Over the past decade, computing has become essential to almost all aspects of biomedicine," says PSC's Joel Stiles, director of NRBSC, a medical doctor who also holds a doctorate in physiology. "Here at the NRBSC, we're developing and distributing computational tools in simulation, visualization, and education that are helping to transform our understanding of life and disease."

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ZEST, developed by PSC's Advanced Systems Group, is a prototype distributed file-system infrastructure that vastly accelerates write bandwidth on large compute platforms, alleviating a common bottleneck. ZEST will directly apply to petascale platforms (systems comprised of tens or hundreds of thousands of processors) and is designed to allow maximum reliable performance per unit cost for these systems.

PSC staff are demonstrating ZEST in the PSC booth (#587) at SC 07.

"Each year, HPCwire and its readers recognize the tremendous amount of innovation happening in the HPC industry as both individual and collaborative efforts push the boundaries of what's possible," said Diane Lieberman, publisher of HPCwire.

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.