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N.C. High School to Use Bridges for Computational Chemistry Projects

Sept. 27, 2016

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), a public high school for academically talented juniors and seniors from across the state, has received an allocation on PSC's Bridges system for student projects in computational chemistry.

NCSSM offers a residential program for 680 students, an online certificate program for another 350 students and summer programs for students in the 7th through 12th grades.

Read the NCSSM press release.

Bridges Supercomputer Enters Production

NSF Deems PSC’s HPC+Big Data Computational Resource Operational

Allocations Available

Aug. 31, 2016

Bridges FB1bThe Bridges system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) entered production operations last month, in support of advances in science, research, engineering, and education. Following approval by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this status change marks the transition to completing integration with other Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) compute resources, which will streamline use for the approximately 400 research projects that are already using Bridges.

Read more: Bridges Enters Production

XSEDE 2.0 earns $110M NSF award to expand nation’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem

Five-year award rewards national collaboration’s success in supporting advanced computational and data-enabled research and developing the Nation's digital workforce

Aug. 23, 2016

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), of which PSC is a leading partner, has been awarded a $110 million, five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award to continue expanding access of advanced cyberinfrastructure resources to the nation’s scientists and engineers. The award announced today provides a continuity of services valuable to its large user community, in particular the coordination of resources and people that make the national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem so effective.

Read more: $110 Million Grant to Expand National Cyberinfrastructure

Grable Grant Will Fund BEST, PSC’s STEM Secondary Education Program

Aug. 1, 2016

High school teachers in southwest Pennsylvania will get training in advanced computing technologies in the biological sciences—bioinformatics—thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Grable Foundation to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). The grant will fund PSC’s BEST (Bioinformatics Education for STudents) program, including a summer workshop for regional science teachers.

“The Grable Foundation is committed to helping young people succeed,” says D’Ann Swanson, Senior Program Officer at The Grable Foundation. “If school districts can expand their course offerings to include groundbreaking topics such as bioinformatics, it will give the region’s youth a real advantage when it comes to post-secondary learning and career options.”

Read more: Grable Grant Funds PSC STEM Ed Program

UPR, PSC Minority STEM Outreach Work Wins Best Workforce Diversity Paper Award at XSEDE16

July 25, 2016

A peer-reviewed report by researchers from the University of Puerto Rico and PSC surveying students at PSC's MARC Summer Internship has won the Best Workforce Development and Diversity Paper at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference. The investigators offer suggestions on how minority-serving instutions and high-performance computing centers can better help improve the preparation of students for careers as bioinformatics scientists.

Read more: New Approach Needed to Bring Minority Students into Bioinformatics

Read the paper: Assisting Bioinformatics Programs at Minority Institutions: Needs Assessment and Lessons Learned—A Look at an Internship Program

Making Big Data DANCE(S)

XSEDE Project Successfully Tests Scheduled Networking of Big Data

July 22, 2016

A project to make movement of the largest datasets more efficient has tested for the first time networking hardware components necessary for scheduling network bandwidth using Software Defined Networking (SDN). Researchers from the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE collaboration of supercomputing sites reported at the XSEDE16 conference in Miami how they tested transfer of Big Data between two XSEDE sites, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at the University of Tennessee.

Read more: Successful Test of Big-Data Transfer Scheduling

New Approach Needed to Bring Minority Students into Bioinformatics

Study of PSC Internship Shows a Need To Go Beyond Traditional Outreach

July 19, 2016

Bringing more minority students into the bioinformatics training pipeline may require a major rethink of STEM outreach to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and more funding, a team from the University of Puerto Rico and PSC reported today at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference in Miami.

Read more: New Approach Needed for Minority Bioinformatics Outreach

Just in Time

Virtual File System Will Save Vast Computer Storage Space by Processing Images on the Fly

July 19, 2016

Researchers analyzing complex multidimensional images may be able to save hundreds of terabytes of disk space, a team from PSC reported at the XSEDE16 supercomputing conference in Miami today. Their “virtual file system” software now in development will carry out image processing on the fly, for any viewing software, saving vast data storage by making it unnecessary to maintain multiple copies of processed datasets.

Read more: Virtual File System Will Save Vast Computer Storage Space

PSC Staff to Present on Big Data Resources, Education and Technology at XSEDE16

July 12, 2016

Experts from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and their collaborators will present a number of topics at XSEDE16, the fifth annual conference of the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE16 will take place at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel on July 17 through 21.

Read more: PSC staff to present at XSEDE16