The Super Computing Science Consortium, 2009

Pennsylvania-West Virginia partners in
development of clean power technologies.

PHOTO: : Lynn Layman and Bob Romanowsky

(SC)2 co-chairs Lynn Layman, PSC (left) and Bob Romanosky, NETL

Formed in 1999 and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Super Computing Science Consortium is a regional partnership of research and educational institutions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (SC)2 provides intellectual leadership and advanced computing and communications resources to solve problems in energy and the environment and to stimulate regional high-technology development and education.

Through (SC)2, Evergreene Technology Park in Greene County provides a resource that supports and encourages companies to collaborate with local universities in southwest Pennsylvania and West Virginia and to have access to PSC.

Since the spring of 2000, a high-speed network — the first fiber-optic service to Morgantown, West Virginia — has linked the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) campuses in Morgantown and Pittsburgh with PSC, facilitating NETL collaborations. Researchers at NETL and WVU have actively used this link to tap PSC computational resources.

In August, PSC scientists provided a series of presentations to NETL scientific staff on PSC resources and capabilities in visualization, data analysis, parallel performance optimization, emerging software and trends in high-performance computing.

Modeling an Operational Clean-Coal Power Plant
This graphic represents results from 2007 NETL research that used PSC resources to model coal gasification for a power plant in Florida, anticipated to be the world's cleanest coal-fired plant when it comes online in 2010. See:

The top image shows coal as it enters the upper region of the gasifier (purple). Minimal impact on the vertical flow pattern of the gas (grey streamlines) implies poor coal penetration into the gasifier, which can lead to lower conversion of coal to gas and elevated discharge of soot and carbon-dioxide. The lower graphic represents burner air entering the gasifier (purple) and the complex flow pattern (grey streamlines) it creates. Complex flow in this region is critical for sufficient mixing and to maximize contact between the gas and solid particles.

PSC & (SC)2: Research for Clean Energy

Since the 1999 founding of (SC)2, 51 (SC)2 researchers have used PSC systems for a range of clean-energy related projects, using more than 5.7-million hours of computing time, over 330,000 hours within the past year.

This work includes: