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Jim Kasdorf

Jim Kasdorf, PSC director of special projects. "NETL is a national laboratory in our backyard, and the (SC)2 partnership catalyzes high-tech development in this region."

["With this link, we connect DOE's newest national laboratory with new tools of discovery that are transforming science."]


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Tools of Discovery

The Super Computing Science Consortium

  Network Inauguration

DOE Undersecretary Ernest J. Moniz (left) plugs cables together to officially inaugurate the network linking West Virginia University and the National Energy Technology Laboratory with the Pittsburgh Gigapop. Looking on are PSC network engineer Steve Cunningham; Lynn Layman, Westinghouse Electric Company; Ralph Roskies, PSC scientific director; and Rita Bajura, director, National Energy Technology Laboratory.

On April 28, by plugging two cables together in the PSC network room, Undersecretary Ernest J. Moniz of the U.S. Department of Energy inaugurated a high-speed network that will play a vital role in development of technologies for clean, efficient fossil-fuel combustion. "With this link," said Moniz, "we connect DOE's newest national laboratory with new tools of discovery that are transforming science."

Moniz's PSC visit highlighted a new fiber-optic network connecting West Virginia University and the National Energy Technology Laboratory with PSC's Internet hub. As Moniz plugged the cables together, instantaneously a video screen lit up showing Dr. David Hardesty, president of West Virginia University, at the WVU Virtual Environmental Lab in Morgantown. "This brings greater capability for scientific work," said Hardesty, speaking over the network in real time to an audience at PSC, as he noted that the link will foster collaboration among WVU, NETL and PSC.

"New advances in computer simulation technologies, in revolutionary new concepts for coal and natural gas fueled power plants, in carbon sequestration technologies, and in the production of ultra-clean transportation fuels and chemicals now allow us to envision a future in which the economic advantages of fossil fuel can continue to be enjoyed without environmental concerns."
- U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson (from his Dec. 10, 1999 statement, designating the National Energy Technology Laboratory as DOE's 15th national laboratory)

In December 1999, NETL - formerly the Federal Energy Technology Center - became DOE's newest national laboratory. Moniz noted that NETL research is directed toward a critical environmental challenge: innovative technologies for fossil-fuel combustion. "Developing technologies to use fossil-fuel more efficiently and cleanly is NETL's key mission," said Moniz. "With the combined brainpower of West Virginia University and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, we will press forward to solve these problems."

With offices in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, NETL solves national energy and environmental problems with emphasis on developing cleaner, more efficient technologies for fossil-fuel combustion. With DOE sponsorship, NETL, PSC, CMU, Pitt, WVU and the West Virginia Governor's Office of Technology formed a regional partnership, the Super Computing Science Consortium, to foster research and economic development in the southwest Pennsylvania-West Virginia region. (SC)2 paved the way for research collaboration between PSC and NETL (see Clean Power) and for the new network link.

More information: http://www.sc-2.psc.edu/