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February 2, 1999                                 Michael Schneider
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DOE Renews Collaboration with Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Researchers Cite Quality of PSC Support

PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has renewed its research collaboration with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, officials announced last week. DOE will provide $2.5 million to PSC through the end of the current federal fiscal year (September 30), which extends initial funding of $4.5 million begun in February 1998.

"PSC welcomes the opportunity to continue providing high-quality computational resources for DOE's university-based research," said PSC scientific directors Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies. PSC supports unclassified basic research at universities working with DOE as part of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. This high-priority national effort aims to develop highly realistic simulation technologies for complex problems (in fluid dynamics, materials science, astrophysics, combustion and advanced rocketry) early in the next century.

PSC also supports DOE's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), an advanced particle accelerator under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island. RHIC will smash nuclei to create high-energy conditions similar to those at the birth of the universe. By using PSC resources to simulate these collisions, researchers can develop reliable data-handling and analysis procedures for the huge quantity of data (as much as a petabyte per year) produced when RHIC becomes operational.

Over the 12 years of its operation, PSC has earned a reputation for its ability to respond to the needs of researchers with flexibility and to provide very high-quality consulting and problem-solving. Strong positive reports from DOE researchers confirming this reputation played a role in continuation of the collaboration. "Our recognized expertise in parallel computing and the excellence of our service to users," said Levine and Roskies, "coupled with world-class computing resources have proven to be a valuable resource for DOE."

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Company. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.

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