FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: March 23, 1998 Jim Kasdorf 412/268-4960 firstname.lastname@example.org
PITTSBURGH 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). Under a $4.5 million contract signed last month, the Pittsburgh center will provide parallel-computing infrastructure and staff expertise to support two areas of DOE research, said officials.
As part of the DOE Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI), PSC will support research related to advancing the science of computer simulation and modeling. PSC will support unclassified basic research at universities working with DOE under ASCI as Academic Strategic Alliance Program (ASAP) centers.
DOE will also call on PSC resources to assist with computer simulations related to an advanced particle accelerator, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, now under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Under this project, scientists, some of whom are based at Carnegie Mellon University, will smash beams of atomic nuclei together to create and study conditions similar to those at the birth of universe.
"Along with access to our parallel hardware resources, DOE will gain the benefit of PSC's strong user support and visualization capabilities," said PSC co-scientific director Michael Levine. "Our recognized expertise in parallel computing especially will be a strong asset to these programs."
"The ASAP program is designed to press the limits of large-scale simulation and modeling for scientific purposes," said Ralph Roskies, PSC co-scientific director. "We've been a leader in this area over the past 10 years, and this award appropriately gives us a significant role for the future in enabling the highest capability academically-based scientific computing in this country."
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Corp. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.