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Biomedical Supercomputing

Networking the Future

Infrastructure for Telemedicine

[ National leadership in computational resources for biomedical research ]


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Research Notes
& Highlights, 2000

The PSC operational management team (l to r): Bob Stock, associate director; Rich Raymond, manager, user support; David Kapcin, manager, financial affairs; Gwendolyn Huntoon, assistant director, networking; David Deerfield, assistant director, biomedical initiative; Sergiu Sanielevici, assistant director, scientific applications and user support. Absent: Janet Brown, manager, networking; Elvira Prologo, manager, administrative staff; J. Ray Scott, assistant director, systems and operations.

Biomedical Supercomputing

The National Institutes of Health awarded PSC $8.6 million this year to renew its program in biomedical supercomputing. The grant, which covers five years, supports biomedical research by PSC scientists and PSC collaborations at Scripps Research Institute and Carnegie Mellon University. It also supports PSC research on collaborative tools for biomedical research and PSC's program to provide computational resources, consulting and training for biomedical researchers around the country.

"For over 12 years, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has provided national leadership in applying advanced computational resources to biomedical research," said Michael Marron, associate director for biomedical technology at NIH's National Center for Research Resources. "This grant is part of NCRR's ongoing commitment to bring together leading-edge computational resources and experts in computing with experts in biology and medicine to solve some of the important problems in biomedicine facing the nation."

"Our training activities reach hundreds of biomedical researchers each year," said biochemist David Deerfield, who directs the PSC biomedical program. "Techniques we've developed are helping scientists nationwide cope with the explosion of genome data. The bottom line is that a great deal of important biomedical work over the last decade wouldn't have been done without NIH support for this program."

Since its inception in 1987, PSC's biomedical program has provided access to computing resources for more than 800 biomedical research projects involving nearly 1,800 researchers in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The center's workshops on computational biology have trained more than 2,000 researchers in the use of high-performance computing for biomedical research, in such areas as sequence analysis in genome research, the structure of proteins and DNA, and biological fluid dynamics.

More information on biomedical supercomputing at PSC: http://www.psc.edu/biomed/biomed.html

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Workshops (1999-2000)

  • Parallel Processing on Cray Massively Parallel Systems
  • Nucleic Acid and Protein Sequence Analysis
  • UNIX Clustering: Building Your Own Parallel Computing Facility
  • Methods and Applications of Molecular Dynamics of Biopolymers
  • Single Particle Reconstruction from Electron Microscope Images
  • Building Computing Clusters for Biomedical Research

A workshop in progress at the PSC Computer Training Center.