FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: January 29, 1999 Don Hale Carnegie Mellon University (412)268-2900
PITTSBURGH The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will provide $2.5 million to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), extending the PSC's contract through the end of the current federal fiscal year, PSC Scientific Directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies announced today (Jan. 29).
The contract was to expire at the end of February, threatening the continued operation of the PSC, an important element of western Pennsylvania's technology infrastructure.
Levine and Roskies said the PSC welcomes the opportunity to continue its collaboration with the DoE, providing high-quality computational resources in support of DoE's university-based research projects and contributing to the DoE's efforts to better understand the nature of matter and the early history of our universe. The PSC supplies expertise and the large amounts of computer time required for simulations.
The PSC first learned of DoE's decision to extend the contract on Monday, Jan. 25 from U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Swissvale), who has worked with U.S. Secretary of Energy William Richardson on issues affecting the PSC. In a follow-up phone conversation early this week, Secretary Richardson informed Doyle of the department's decision. The contract extension also follows on letters to the Secretary from U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pittsburgh) and U.S. Reps. John P. Murtha (D-Johnstown), William Coyne (D-Pittsburgh), Ron Klink (D-Jeannette) and Frank Mascara (D-Charleroi). U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Philadelphia) has also been supportive of the PSC.
"I am very pleased that the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will continue its important work for the Department of Energy," Doyle said. "The supercomputer's facilities, and especially its 80 highly trained scientists, provide a valuable contribution to the national security through their high-level research."
Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon said he appreciated the active support of Congressman Doyle and other members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation.
"The PSC looks forward to continuing its valuable work for the Department of Energy," Cohon said. "I'm pleased that the DoE has recognized through this contract extension what a valuable resource the PSC is for the nation and our region."
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said, "This announcement of continued federal support is a reaffirmation of PSC's excellence as a nationally recognized resource for dealing with challenging scientific problems. We are grateful to Congressman Doyle and other members for their support in preserving this important regional resource."
"Continued funding for the supercomputing center is good for the region and for the nation," said Dr. Charles W. Pryor Jr., president and chief executive officer of Westinghouse Electric Company. "The Western Pennsylvania economy must continue to diversify, and the presence of the supercomputing center strengthens our reputation as a progressive, forward-moving metropolitan area."
PSC has been working to market its high-end computing resources to additional areas of the government beyond DoE, as well as to the private sector.
"I'm going to continue to work with the leaders of PSC as we strive to expand the PSC's services to private business and other agencies in the federal government," Doyle said. "Pittsburgh's supercomputer is a real success story, both for the science it generates, and as a key part of Pittsburgh's high-tech future."
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is jointly operated by Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Westinghouse Electric Company.