PSC Recognized for 10th Year in HPCwire Awards

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16th Annual HPCwire Awards Given to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

Nov. 18, 2019

For the 10th year, PSC has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. HPCwire, the leading trade publication in the high-performance computing (HPC) community presented the awards at the 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC19), in Denver, Colorado. The awards recognize achievements among the top academic and business leaders in the global HPC community. The list of winners were revealed at the SC19 HPCwire booth, and on the HPCwire website.

“Having PSC’s contributions being recognized for ten years by the HPCwire awards, granted by the top trade publication in HPC, is a clear and strong sign that reaffirms PSC’s unwavering commitment to the advancement of science and engineering through HPC," said Paola Buitrago, Director, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data at PSC. "Dr. Saltz and Dr. Gupta’s visionary work in scalable AI for life sciences, cancer treatment and precision medicine shows what is possible through the convergence of scalable AI and HPC."

PSC was recognized with the following Readers’ Choice Awards, selected by the publication’s HPC-industry readers:

  • Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences
    Stony Brook University researchers Joel Saltz and Raj Gupta used PSC’s Bridges-AI supercomputer to examine complex tumor tissue biology and build predictive models for patient-tailored treatment. They trained computationally intensive AI algorithms on high-resolution pathology images to recognize tumors and quantify the infiltration of lymphocytes, creating highly detailed characterizations of dynamic and complex immune responses within the tumor microenvironment to inform decisions on immunotherapy.
  • Top HPC-Enabled Scientific Achievement
    PSC enabled supercomputing simulations to help reveal groundbreaking insight into gravitational waves, which are invisible ripples in space, by analyzing neutron star structures and mergers—with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics of Ontario, Canada and the Theoretical Astrophysics Program at the University of Arizona. The work was done in collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

“The interaction between cancer and the immune system often plays a central role in determining each patient’s clinical course and treatment response,” said Joel Saltz, Associate Director, Stony Brook Cancer Center. “Computationally intensive convolutional neural network methods are making it possible to generate detailed maps depicting each patient’s immune/tumor interaction. This information is a key component of ongoing cancer research methods designed to select the treatment most likely to help each patient. By providing computational resources well suited to compute and data intensive convolutional neural network Pathology analyses, the Bridges AI environment has played a crucial enabling role in this high computationally intensive research.”

“With the computational resources from XSEDE, my colleagues and my group have been able to accurately describe the dynamics and gravitational-wave emission of eccentric binary neutron stars,” said Huan Yang of the Perimeter Institute and the University of Guelph Department of Physics. “These findings will help future gravitational-wave observation of such systems, to probe the internal structure of neutron stars and understand behavior of nuclear matter at extreme densities.”

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process by the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community and are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

“Every year it is our pleasure to connect with and honor the HPC community through our Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, and 2019 marked an exceptional showing of industry innovation,” said Tom Tabor CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. “Between our worldwide readership of HPC experts and an unparalleled panel of editors, the Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards represent resounding recognition throughout the industry. Our congratulations go out to all of the winners.”

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website (http://www.HPCwire.com) or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #HPCwireAwards.

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