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PA & WV Form High-Tech Regional Partnership

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to provide computational muscle and network hub for WVU and Federal Energy Technology Center

More photos from the signing are available here.

MORGANTOWN, WV — Officials from Pennsylvania and West Virginia today signed a memorandum establishing a new regional partnership, the Super Computing Science Consortium, or (SC)2. The partners are the Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research laboratory with campuses in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Governor's Office of Technology.

Officials speaking at today's event emphasized that (SC)2 opens cooperative channels that will enhance the West Virginia-Southwest Pennsylvania region in many areas of research and technology. As immediate objectives, the new partnership paves the way for collaboration between FETC and PSC and for a high-performance network linking West Virginia with the high-performance Internet hub at PSC.

"FETC is a national laboratory in our own backyard," said PSC scientific director Michael Levine, "addressing crucial research problems relating to sustainable energy and clean fuel. Through (SC)2 they will have access to our world-class computational capability."

"This cooperative venture is good for high-performance computing and communication," said PSC scientific director Ralph Roskies, "and it will be a valuable asset in enhancing the research and technology strengths of this region."

"The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is one of the most important technology assets in this region," said Matthew Tunnell, director of policy & technology for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, "and has been vital to the Southwest Pennsylvania technology renaissance. Our ability to expand access to this valuable asset will lead to innovation that creates wealth for this region."

The (SC)2 agreement provides that the partners will work together to promote solutions to complex problems of regional focus such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, energy and the environment. Through the framework of (SC)2, says the agreement, the partners will provide intellectual leadership for new regional research and opportunities in high-performance computing and communication and visualization.

The partners obtained a $100,000 planning grant this summer from DOE, which laid the groundwork for (SC)2 by supporting collaborative research between PSC and FETC in combustion and fossil-fuel conversion and development of the partnership plan.

The signing took place at 10:00 a.m. today at the FETC facility in Morgantown. Officials who spoke included Rita A. Bajura, director of FETC; David C. Hardesty, Jr., president of West Virginia University; Paul Christiano, provost, Carnegie Mellon University; Michael Levine of PSC; Samuel M. Tully, chief technology officer, West Virginia Governor's Office of Technology; Matthew Tunnell, director of policy & technology, department of community & economic development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and Ernie Moniz, undersecretary U. S. Department of Energy.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is operated by Carnegie Mellon University in consultation with the University of Pittsburgh and with the assistance of 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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The Federal Energy Technology Center's news release on (SC)2 is available on the WWW: http://www.fetc.doe.gov/publications/reports/1999/fr_comagree.html

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about the partnership on-line: http://www.post-gazette.com/businessnews/19990901super2.asp

A description of work accomplished by recent collaborations between FETC and PSC is available on-line: http://www.psc.edu/research/fetc/

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