Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         CONTACT:
November 6, 1996                                 Michael Schneider
                                                 Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
                                                 412-268-4960
                                                 schneider@psc.edu


Computers at Work in Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Will Demonstrate Breakthroughs in Earth Science, Design of New Materials, Protein Structure, Heart Modeling, Brain Mapping and Storm Forecasting.

PITTSBURGH -- Who would have thought a few years ago that a supercomputer could reveal the structure of Earth's inner core or predict a severe thunderstorm six hours in advance? Or show how a protein folds? Or create a real-time picture of what parts of the brain are thinking? Or diagnose prostate cancer?

In these and many other areas of research, scientific computing is making contributions to knowledge and to bettering everyday life that no one could have anticipated ten years ago when the National Science Foundation supercomputing centers program began. As host of SC '96, the annual supercomputing conference, held this year at Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Nov. 17-22, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will conduct a series of demonstrations to show some of this activity. These demonstrations, which highlight the conference theme, "Computers at Work," include:

More information (and graphics) about these demonstrations is available on World Wide Web: http://www.psc.edu/science/sc96.html

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corp., was established in 1986 by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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