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Pittsburgh Scientist Helps Crack Teraflop Barrier
"This method is a key for understanding magnetism at the theoretical level," says Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) scientist Yang Wang, "and it has application in many areas, including read-head technology for disk storage media, and bulk magnets used in power generation and the sensors in cars."

Pittsburgh Team Wins HPC Challenge Award
Inside an MRI scanner in Pittsburgh, a woman graduate student performed simple mental tasks. Seconds later, observers in Orlando, Florida watched 3-D movies showing what parts of her brain "lit up."

Pittsburgh and Stuttgart Demonstrate Latency-Free Metacomputing
Using the Transatlantic Metacomputing Testbed established since June 1997 between the High Performance Computing Center at Stuttgart University (HLRS) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), researchers have run an application on two coupled 512-processor CRAY T3Es with performance equivalent to a single 1,024 processor machine.

Pittsburgh Hosts Internet Meeting
Network engineers from around the country will gather in Pittsburgh, November 1-4, for the first meeting jointly sponsored by the National Laboratory for Advanced Network Research (NLANR) and Internet2.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Wins Grant for Biomed Collaboratories
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study new technologies that can improve the ability of biomedical scientists at separate locations to collaborate effectively.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Wins Grant to Conduct Genome Workshops
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has received a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to conduct training in research methods that are an important component of the Human Genome Project.

On the Horizon: Accurate Storm Forecasts
Thunderstorms and tornados struck southwest Pennsylvania and other parts of the country with unusual ferocity this spring, taking lives and inflicting millions of dollars in damage. It won't be long perhaps five years, say scientists until new numerical weather prediction technologies tested during May at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will avert some of the loss from similar storms in the future.

Rethinking Network Infrastructure
On June 1 at Carnegie Mellon University, William Decker, National Science Foundation program director for Advanced Network Infrastructure (ANI), spoke to an audience of over 100 network engineers from universities around the country about how advanced networking will offer new capabilities in support of university-based research and education.

Pittsburgh Hosts Meeting on New Internet Technologies
Network engineers from around the country will meet in Pittsburgh, June 1 & 2, to learn about the next generation of Internet technologies. The meeting, organized by the National Center for Network Engineering (NCNE) at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and sponsored by the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR), will provide in-depth technical and engineering information on connecting to and effectively using the very high performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS).

PA Users Now Eligible for PSC Grants
PSC provides free grants of high-performance computing time to researchers from Pennsylvania who are conducting non-proprietary research. If you are a researcher from Pennsylvania, you are eligible to submit proposals for access to PSC resources under a peer review process sponsored by the Commonwealth.

State Renews Supercomputing Center Funding
The new Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budget, signed by Gov. Ridge last week, provides $2 million to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. This funding will support PSC in providing advanced computing resources and know-how to Pennsylvania universities and corporations.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Joins Energy Research Effort
At a public reception today, university and government representatives formally launched a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Pittsburgh Wins Grant for National Network Engineering Center
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center networking group has received $2.7 million from the National Science Foundation to establish a National Center for Network Engineering (NCNE).

Pittsburgh Center Will Assist DoE With Large-Scale Simulations
This week PSC signed a contract with the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to support and accelerate the department's advanced simulation research through accessed computer cycles to create a new research methodology using high-performance, computer-based modeling and simulation to examine complex physical systems; and contribute to the department's effort to validate the simulation approach to certifying the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile.

Linked T3Es Simulate 1.75 Billion Particles of Granular Gas
With CRAY T3E systems on both sides of the Atlantic working in tandem, scientists in Stuttgart and Pittsburgh conducted what they believe is the largest simulation of granular gas ever carried out.


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