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PDF File: This article is available in PDF format as it originally appeared in Projects in Scientific Computing, 2001.

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PSC PROVIDES EDUCATION, CONSULTING, ADVANCED NETWORK ACCESS AND COMPUTATIONAL RESOURCES TO SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS IN PENNSYLVANIA.

Workforce Development

Beverly Clayton

Beverly Clayton, PSC executive director, coordinates PSC's program to provide advanced training and high-performance computing resources for researchers in Pennsylvania.

PSC workshops provide training for industry researchers as well as for university faculty and students. They include extensive hands-on sessions, either in PSC's Computer Training Center or at corporate and academic sites around the state. During the past year, PSC presented off-site workshops in Parallel Programming Techniques at Drexel University and Penn State.

PSC trains Pennsylvania students through undergraduate internships. Since 1986, over 400 students have been interns at PSC, and many have gone on to find jobs in Pennsylvania. During the past year, PSC employed students from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, St. Vincent College and the Community College of Allegheny County.


PROMOTING RESEARCH IN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY AND IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY.

Economic Development

PSC's high-performance computing and networking resources help to boost the competitiveness of Pennsylvania business and industry. During the past year, PSC network engineers have supported Pittsburgh high-technology conferences, including the August 2000 IEEE High-Performance Distributed Computing Workshop. They also worked with Marconi and AT&T Broadband Network Sevices to provide wide-area network connectivity - with access to the Abilene high-performance network - for the August 2000 Internet Engineering Task Force meeting at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. PSC engineers are also consulting on infrastructure planning for the new Pittsburgh Convention Center.

At the Bechtel Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PSC prepared and presented the first of two customized technology briefing days, with another scheduled for early 2002. PSC consultants provided Bechtel Bettis staff with information on input/output, scheduling, monitoring and visualization systems needed to develop and manage a parallel distributed-computing environment.

PSC outreach includes presence at conferences and science fairs, such as the 2001 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Technology Festival, shown here. Over 20,000 people attended this week-long event at the Carnegie Science Center. PSC's booth included 3-D animated models of molecules and galaxies, and intriguing demonstrations of some of the ways computational models illuminate problems in science and engineering.

Research in Pennsylvania During the past year, more than 900 Pennsylvania researchers from 19 institutions used more than a million CRAY T3E processor hours through PSC's Pennsylvania program. Many Pennsylvania researchers also gained access to the prototype Terascale Computing System through the National Science Foundation allocation process. The two projects represented here, along with other Pennsylvania projects (Fishy Proteins, The Road to La-La Land, and Where Nerve and Muscle Meet), exemplify how supercomputing plays a role in public health and safety as well as industrial technology.

Research in Pennsylvania

During the past year, more than 900 Pennsylvania researchers from 19 institutions used more than a million CRAY T3E processor hours through PSC's Pennsylvania program. Many Pennsylvania researchers also gained access to the prototype Terascale Computing System through the National Science Foundation allocation process. The two projects represented here (sidebars), along with other Pennsylvania projects (Fishy Proteins, The Road to La-La Land, and Where Nerve and Muscle Meet), exemplify how supercomputing plays a role in public health and safety as well as industrial technology.

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