Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
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May 9, 1996 John Westropp
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Four of Five 1996 Smithsonian Finalists Use Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
PITTSBURGH -- Four of the five innovations in science honored as
finalists in the 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian
Awards are collaborations with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. For two of
these projects, PSC itself is recognized. For two others, researchers
used PSC computing resources for part of their work.
"This is both an honor for the center and the researchers that use the
resources here," said Ralph Roskies, PSC's scientific co-director. "It also
underscores the significance of the National Science Foundation
supercomputing program." NSF funding has helped support four U.S.
supercomputing centers since 1986.
"These projects," added co-director Michael Levine, "illustrate a few
of the many ways in which supercomputing's ability to solve
otherwise intractable problems has a positive impact on society."
The following four PSC collaborations are finalists in the Science
category of the 1996 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards:
Sponsored by Computerworld magazine and the Smithsonian
Institution, the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards program honors
efforts that use information technology to develop innovative
approaches to problem solving and whose outcomes improve the
course of our lives.
- At Carnegie Mellon University, Ted Russell and colleague Greg
McRae, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, used PSC's Cray
C90 to demonstrate that smog reduction strategies can be improved
through selective control of nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons,
produced from automobile emissions and many other manmade
- At the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Gary Glatzmaier used PSC's
CRAY C90 to produce the first three-dimensional computer simulation
of how the Earth's magnetic field is generated and how it occasionally
reverses its direction. The work required 5,000 hours of computing
time to simulate 80,000 years of geodynamic history, providing
insights into the nature of the Earth's magnetic field.
- Scientists at California Institute of Technology's Scalable Concurrent
Programming Laboratory, used PSC's CRAY T3D to simulate the
aerodynamics of the Delta II satellite launch vehicle. The simulations
lower the cost of space operations by providing a means of identifying
flaws that cannot be traced through existing test procedures.
- The Center for Light
Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology, a
National Science Foundation science and technology center based at
Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized for developing automated
light microscope technology to observe the dynamics of living cells. In
collaboration with PSC, the center is using supercomputing to greatly
accelerate the acquisition, analysis and display of three-dimensional
CWSA awards have recognized Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
each year since 1992, when Westinghouse Electric Corp. won the
Science award for their work establishing university-based
supercomputing centers, including PSC. In 1993, PSC won the Science
award for biomedical research on the interactions between DNA and
proteins. In 1994, research at PSC that led to a three-dimensional
computational model of blood flow in the heart won the CWSA award
for Breakthrough Computational Science. In 1995, PSC was a finalist in
Science for research simulating the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy
9 with Jupiter.
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint effort of Carnegie
Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with
Westinghouse Electric Corporation, was established in 1986 by a grant
from the National Science Foundation with support from the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additional major support comes
from the National Institutes of Health. PSC's mission is to develop and
make available state-of-the-art high-performance computing for
scientific researchers nationwide.
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