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PSC, Notre Dame to Supply Computer Infrastructure to Global Malaria Project

PSC, Notre Dame to Supply Computer Infrastructure for Global Malaria Eradication Project

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the University of Notre Dame have received up to $1.6 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a system of computers and software for the Vector Ecology and Control Network (VECNet), an international consortium to eradicate malaria. The new VECNet Cyber-Infrastructure Project (CI) will support VECNet’s effort to unite research, industrial and public policy efforts to attack one of the worst diseases in the developing world in more effective, economical ways.

“VECNet is about bringing order out of chaos,” says Tom Burkot, VECNet’s principal investigator and professor and tropical leader at James Cook University, Australia. “The challenge we have is that we’re trying to control and eliminate malaria in a world in which, for example, there are 40 or 50 dominant mosquito species that are important for its spread.” The CI project, he adds, is intended to decrease the complexity of engaging in the problem so that malaria researchers, national malaria control officials, product developers, and policy makers can all contribute to solutions.

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PSC Patents Software Against Supercomputing System Failures

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Scientists Patent Software for Protecting Supercomputing Results Against System Failures

PITTSBURGH, April 8, 2013 — Scientists at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have patented ZEST, a piece of software that takes a rapid “snapshot” of a supercomputer’s calculations as it works. ZEST greatly speeds the ability to store complex calculations as a hedge against a system failure, saving precious supercomputing time and slowing calculations down far less than current methods.

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Research Internships in Big Data Available at PSC

Research Internships in Big Data Available at PSC

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint project of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and Westinghouse Electric Company, has openings for two undergraduate student interns to gain research experience relating to graph analytics for big data. The Sherlock project (www.psc.edu/sherlock) explores novel approaches to large-scale analytics, especially graph analytics and the development of sophisticated, heterogeneous workflows for big data. Sherlock features sophisticated, purpose-built computer hardware – a YarcData uRiKA data appliance with PSC enhancements – and optimized implementations of W3C-standard software. Research opportunities may include elements of data modeling and analysis, application development using RDF and SPARQL or natively on the graph analytic platform, and performance analysis. These internships, supervised by senior members of PSC’s Strategic Applications Group, will provide unique experience at the frontier of big data research.

Applicants should send CVs and statements of interest to Dr. Nick Nystrom at nystrom@psc.edu.

PSC's Nick Nystrom on Our Region's Business talks SHERLOCK and Big Data [Video]

Sherlock: The Next Big Thing in the Big Data World

PSC's Nick Nytrom talks about Sherlock, a uRiKA graph-analytics appliance from YarcData designed to discover unknown relationships or patterns hidden in extremely large and complex bodies of information.

 

PSC and ANSYS Partner to Provide High Performance Computing for Academic Research

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and ANSYS Partner to Provide High Performance Computing for Academic Research

Pittsburgh, February 4, 2013 — Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) today announced the formation of a strategic academic partnership with ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), a leader in engineering simulation software. PSC is a national center for high-performance computing, funded by multiple federal and state agencies and a service provider (SP) in the NSF XSEDE program, enabling computational science nationwide. As a result of the new partnership, PSC will be able to provide exceptional engineering simulation resources to academia. It will be the only SP in the XSEDE program to offer access to the full ANSYS multiphysics simulation software suite.

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PSC Symposium Launches “Sherlock”

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Symposium Launches “Sherlock”

Will Discover Relationships in Complex Masses of Data

On February 1, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will host an event and symposium to launch its newest supercomputer, Sherlock. A uRiKA graph-analytics appliance from YarcData, Sherlock is designed to discover unknown relationships or patterns hidden in extremely large and complex bodies of information.

Attendees may register for the event at: https://www.psc.edu/index.php/events/sherlocklaunch.

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Shawn Brown to Direct New Public Health Group at PSC

Shawn Brown to Direct New Public Health Group at PSC

Shawn T. Brown, PhD, has joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) as Director of Public Health Applications. In this role, he will lead a new group at the PSC whose research addresses the problems of predicting disease spread via large-scale agent-based modeling, vaccine supply chain logistics in developing countries, and public health decision-making support via high performance computational modeling. This position is a unique one for a high-performance computing facility such as PSC, and is part of a general trend to use supercomputing to address "big data" problems in the life and public health sciences.

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Ken Chiacchia Joins PSC as Science Writer

Ken Chiacchia Joins PSC as Science Writer

Kenneth B. Chiacchia, PhD, has joined Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) as Senior Science Writer. Ken replaces Michael Schneider, who retired in November 2012 after 25 years at PSC.

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PSC Joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon with Improved Multi-scale Modeling of Biological Systems Effort

PSC Joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon to Launch New Effort to Improve Multi-scale Modeling of Biological Systems

NIH Awards $9.3 Million to Establish Biomedical Technology Research Center 

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30, 2012 – The University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Biomedical Technology Research Center (BTRC) that will develop computational tools for modeling and simulating biological systems from the tissue level down to the molecular level.
 
By filling in the missing pieces between modeling efforts at disparate scales of structural biology, cell modeling and large-scale image analysis, this new collaborative initiative seeks to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control neurotransmission and signaling events, which in turn could lead to the development of novel treatments for nervous system disorders.
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