Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

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April 27, 1998                                   Michael Schneider
                                                 Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

State Renews Supercomputing Center Funding

PITTSBURGH — 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.

"This is crucial to our efforts to seek alternative sources of support," said Beverly Clayton, PSC executive director. "It will help us compete for funding from federal and corporate sources." Earlier this year, the center secured a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Legislators note that PSC represents an important catalyst for economic development. Along with supporting research at many Pennsylvania universities and corporations — including ALCOA and Westinghouse — the presence of the center, one of a small number of such centers in the country, reinforces the image of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania as centers of high technology, which helps attract companies seeking relocation.

"PSC plays an important role as a regional resource and has an impact not only in science and technology, but also a substantial impact on the region's economy," said Rep. John R. Pippy (R), 44th District.

"The center is an economic generator in southwest Pennsylvania, but it also serves the entire state. It is one of few such centers in the United States," said Joseph F. Markosek (D), 25th District. "This will help continue to move Pennsylvania forward in high-technology economic development."

Over the last 12 years, PSC has received over $15 million from the state. This amount has leveraged funds from federal and private sources exceeding $200 million. Most of this money has been spent in Pennsylvania, says Clayton. The center itself provides about 100 professional jobs, along with 40 student internships that provide training in advanced computing.

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.

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