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With Shared Memory in Pittsburgh, XSEDE Expands Horizons for HPC Research

With Shared Memory in Pittsburgh, XSEDE Expands Horizons for HPC Research

PITTSBURGH, March 29, 2012— Times are changing for HPC (high-performance computing) research, as non-traditional fields of study have begun taking advantage of powerful HPC tools. This was part of the plan when the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program launched in July 2011. In recent months, the program took big steps toward this objective, in that a number of non-traditional projects — the common denominator being the need to process and analyze large amounts of data — were awarded peer-reviewed allocations of time on XSEDE resources.

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PSC Redesigns Access to Supercourse at University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Provides “Low-Tech” Access to World-Class Health Resources

PSC team does “makeover” for world-health repository at University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2012— It was not the usual sort of challenge for supercomputing — make a database operate at low bandwidth. And make the website interface more attractive.

With low-tech as the watchword, a team at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) took on the task of updating Supercourse, a web-based repository of lectures by leading scientists and educators world-wide. An invaluable resource for many, Supercourse provides some of the best available information on how to practice preventive medicine around the world. Produced at the World Health Organization Collaborating Center University of Pittsburgh, Supercourse serves a network of over 56,000 scientists in 174 countries, who through it gain access to a free library of 5,100 lectures in 31 languages.

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Pennsylvania Cross-State, High-Bandwidth, Research/Education Link Goes Live

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Drexel Light High-Performance Cross-State Link

PITTSBURGH, January 30, 2012— The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), and Drexel University in Philadelphia are now directly connected via high-performance, fiber-optic network. They have connected via the FrameNet service of National LambdaRail (NLR), a non-profit organization that links more than 280 U.S. universities and private and government laboratories.

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PSC Collaborates with SGI on Shared-Memory Enhancements

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Collaborates with SGI on Shared-Memory Enhancements

PITTSBURGH, November 29, 2011— The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) acquired an SGI® UV1000 in July 2010 with help from an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Named Blacklight, this system has 32 terabytes of memory partitioned into two connected 16-terabyte shared-memory nodes, in effect, the two largest shared-memory systems in the world. With certain programming approaches, furthermore, such as message-passing and partitioned global address space (PGAS), researchers can access all 32 terabytes as a single memory space.

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PSC Wins High-Performance Computing Award

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Wins High-Performance Computing Award

PITTSBURGH, November 21, 2011— HPCwire, a leading electronic-news outlet for high-performance computing and communication (HPC), awarded a 2011 Reader’s Choice Award to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) for Best Use of HPC in an Edge HPC application.

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Blacklight Goes to Work at the PSC

Blacklight Goes to Work at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

The world’s largest shared-memory system, a resource of XSEDE, has rapidly proven itself as a productive tool in research across a range of fields.

PITTSBURGH, November 9, 2011Blacklight has rapidly proven its mettle in many scientific fields. This newest system of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), an SGI® Altix® UV1000, acquired in July 2010 with help from a $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation, is a resource of XSEDE, the NSF cyberinfrastructure program, where it has opened new capability for U.S. scientists and engineers.

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PSC Collaboration with Harvard Pioneers a New Approach in Brain Study

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Collaboration with Harvard Pioneers a New Approach in Brain Study

Prodigious data-transmission, management and image processing made it possible to map the connections between individual brain cells identified according to function

PITTSBURGH, August 16, 2011 — “Untangling Neural Nets” said the big-print headline on the cover of Nature (March 10, 2011), with an image from work by scientists at Harvard and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). A news comment in the same issue framed their research as “an exciting and pioneering approach . . .” by which the researchers “achieved a new feat . . . a way of directly studying the relationship of a neuron’s function to its connections.”

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