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Hopkins/PSC Study: Drug-Resistance Registry Reduces Spread of Infection

May 9, 2019

A registry of patients with antibiotic-resistant infections featuring automated alerts can reduce infection prevalence, according to a study by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, PSC and elswhere. A simulation of 462 hospitals and other health care facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area suggests that near-perfect facility participation can reduce new carriers of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) by nearly 12 percent and CRE prevalence by almost 8 percent. Even low participation (25 percent of Illinois facilities) reduced new carriers by over 9 percent and prevalence by almost 3 percent, as non-participating institutions benefited from shared cases being identified.

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PSC Hosts West Virginia University Supercomputer

April 2, 2019

West Virginia University (WVU), in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has announced the creation of one of the state’s most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. The Thorny Flat High-Performance Computer Cluster, named after the state’s second highest peak, joins WVU’s Spruce Knob cluster as resources. With 1,000 times more computing power than a desktop computer, the Thorny Flat cluster could benefit a variety research: forest hydrology; genetic studies; forensic chemistry of firearms; modeling of solar-to-chemical energy harvesting; and design and discovery of new materials.

Thorny Flat is the latest step in an ongoing regional partnership with PSC. The partnership has contributed greatly to the Morgantown-Pittsburgh corridor’s status as a hub for technological and scientific progress. The system will be housed in PSC’s machine room, and the center will provide routine maintenance and support for scientists using it.

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Nystrom Named PSC Chief Scientist

Will Serve as Principal Scientific and Technical Adviser to PSC Director

March 14, 2019

Nicholas Nystrom has been named chief scientist of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). In this newly created position, Nystrom will serve as the principal scientific and technical adviser to the PSC’s director and will be the primary authority for the technical content of the center's science and technology portfolio. He will coordinate all research proposals and ensure the PSC’s continued collaboration with key partners.

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Alan D. George Named Interim Director of PSC

Feb. 27, 2019

Alan D. George, PhD, the Ruth and Howard Mickle Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and department chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been named the interim director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

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PSC Receives Best-Ever Six 2018 HPCwire Awards

PSC Receives Best-Ever Six 2018 HPCwire Awards

Awards Recognize Leaders in the Global High-Performance Computing (HPC) Community

Nov. 13, 2018

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has topped its best-ever performance of last year by receiving six 2018 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. HPCwire presented the awards at the 2018 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18), in Dallas, Texas. HPCwire revealed the list of winners at their booth at the event and on the HPCwire website, located at www.HPCwire.com.

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Stopping HIV in Its Tracks

PSC’s Bridges Helps Scientists Understand Monkey Protein that Confers Immunity to HIV

Nov. 12, 2018

Scientists have scored a number of victories against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But these victories are incomplete. We can hold the virus in check, but not cure it. We can reduce the chances someone will be infected, but do not have a surefire way to prevent infection. Scientists from the University of Delaware and the University of Pittsburgh are using the XSEDE resource Bridges at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to investigate how one protein prevents HIV from infecting monkeys. Understanding how it does that, and why the human version of that protein doesn’t, promises a completely new avenue for stopping HIV in its tracks.

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PSC Arm of Genome Analysis Center Awarded NSF Funding

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National Science Foundation Grant renewal will support expansion of programs supporting genome biology research

Oct. 15, 2018

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received $289,203 in National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for its work as part of the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS). The independent grant accompanies an additional $962,613 in NSF funding to NCGAS at Indiana University. Together the two sites will continue the center’s work aiding discovery and innovation in biological sciences that use genomic methods.

The renewal of the three-year grants will support NCGAS’s ongoing and expanding activities, including bioinformatics consulting, education and outreach programs on genome analysis and assembly, and long-term archival storage for genome biologists. The center currently serves researchers across the United States, enabling the analysis and utilization of currently available genomic information. NCGAS leverages Bridges, PSC’s converged HPC, Big Data and AI system, as well as other systems in the NSF-funded XSEDE ecosystem, to enable increasingly large and complex genome and metagenome analyses.

“We’re excited to continue our collaboration with Indiana University to lower barriers for researchers who need to analyze large-scale genomics data,” said Philip Blood, principal investigator of the collaborative NCGAS award and Senior Director of Computational Biology at PSC. “Through this new award, NCGAS will continue to provide biologists with expert help in applying advanced computing technologies to genome analysis that will drive discovery in their fields.”

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PSC Supplies Computation to Large Hadron Collider Group

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Illustration of the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider, detecting the results of a proton-proton collision. Reproduced with permission from CERN.

CMS Experiment Using Bridges Supercomputer to Simulate Collisions for Upgraded LHC Particle Accelerator

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