Dig, Simulations on PSC's Blacklight Suggest Extinction Refuge, Trigger for Modern Human Behavior

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

PSC's Blacklight supercomputer features prominently in an International Science Grid this Week story about Curtis Marean of Arizona State University, leader of an international team studying early human settlements in the Cape Floral region of South Africa. Marean is triangulating what may have been humanity's closest brush with extinction using three avenues of research. The team's archeological digs have demonstrated human habitation and life-sustaining protein and carbohydrate food sources at a point in the last glacial maximum when virtually no evidence of humans can be found elsewhere in Africa. DNA evidence points to a roughly contemporaneous genetic bottleneck in which the population crashed to 15,000 or fewer individuals. And new climate simulations of the area using Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Blacklight supercomputer for the first time provide enough detail to show the area was likely to be an island of moderate climate at a time when the rest of Africa was too arid to support human life. Interestingly, humans began to display modern behavior such as heat-treating stones for tools and artistic representations during this period.

Bridges 4c stackedPSC Receives NSF Award for Bridges Supercomputer

$9.65-Million Supercomputer Will Enable Analysis of Vast Data Sets, Ease Entry for New Research Communities into High-Performance Computing

Read the NSF announcement here.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to create a uniquely capable supercomputer designed to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access and help researchers needing to tackle vast data to work more intuitively. Called Bridges, the new supercomputer will consist of three tiered, memory-intensive resources to serve a wide variety of scientists, including those new to supercomputing and without specialized programming skills.

Bridges will offer new computational capabilities to researchers working in diverse, data-intensive fields such as genomics, the social sciences and the humanities. A $9.65-million NSF grant will fund the acquisition, to begin in October 2015, with a target production date of January 2016. The system will be delivered by HP® based on an architecture designed by PSC, and will feature advanced technology from Intel® and NVIDIA®.

“The name Bridges stems from three computational needs the system will fill for the research community,” says Nick Nystrom, PSC director of strategic applications and principal investigator in the project. “Foremost, Bridges will bring supercomputing to nontraditional users and research communities. Second, its data-intensive architecture will allow high-performance computing to be applied effectively to big data. Third, it will bridge supercomputing to university campuses to ease access and provide burst capability.”

Bridges represents a new approach to supercomputing that helps keep PSC and Carnegie Mellon University at the forefront of high-performance computing,” says Subra Suresh, president, Carnegie Mellon University. “It will help researchers tackle and master the new emphasis on data that is now driving many fields.”

“The ease of use planned for Bridges promises to be a game-changer,” says Patrick D. Gallagher, chancellor, University of Pittsburgh. “Among many other applications, we look forward to it helping biomedical scientists here at Pitt and at other universities unravel and understand the vast volume of genomic data currently being generated.”

Read more: PSC Receives NSF Award...

PSC Projects Take Two HPCwire Supercomputing Awards

Nov. 18, 2014

PSC received two HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14) in New Orleans.

Read more: PSC Projects Take Two...

PSC to Provide HPC Resources, Expertise to University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Big Data Project

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will provide HPC resources and expertise to support the effort.

 

Read more: PSC to Provide Resources...

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AICUP Schools Select 3ROX, PSC for Internet Access, Computing, Storage

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

A group of eight western Pennsylvania Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) member-institutions have selected the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) as their commodity Internet provider and regional network administrator and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) for computing and storage resources. This new relationship will provide improved Internet access to these AICUP member institutions as well as access to a host of high performance computing resources through PSC.

Read more: AICUP Schools Select...

Lt. Governor Cawley to Speak at PSC on State’s Future as Technological Hub

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Tomorrow Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will visit the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). Cawley will speak on the state’s future as a technological hub and PSC’s role in bolstering state and regional high performance computing capabilities; high-speed electronic networking; and science, technology, engineering and math education from the high school to graduate study levels.

Read more: Lt. Governor Cawley to...

PSC to Expand Data Supercell Using Supermicro 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 SuperStorage Platforms

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) are pleased to announce delivery of the first Supermicro® 12-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) SAS 3.0 SuperStorage platforms, for use in PSC’s Data Supercell archival system. Installation of these advanced-technology disk shelves marks the beginning of a new generation of high-throughput storage infrastructure. The SAS 3.0 technology will allow PSC to expand the volume of data stored in the petabyte-scale Data Supercell while maintaining speed of access for Big Data scientific users.

Read more: PSC to Expand Data...

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