Supercomputing in Pennsylvania
PSC provides education, consulting, advanced network access and computational resources to scientists and engineers, teachers and students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
3ROX:Network for Education
The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) provides research and education network service to seven Intermediate Units in western Pennsylvania that serve 116 school districts, more than 600 schools, 21,000 teachers and 300,000 students. 3ROX links these schools, teachers and students to a global community of people and ideas.
Research & Training in Pennsylvania
PSC’s new disk-based data storage, the Data Supercell, implemented with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Pennsylvania organizations using the Data Supercell include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, the Software Engineering Institute, the University of Pittsburgh Developmental Biology Program, and Drexel University’s Design Arts Group.
Continuing a long-standing relationship with Lehigh University, PSC in March did a half-day workshop on parallel programming of multi-core computing systems. PSC scientist John Urbanic presented material on programmerfriendly standards (OpenMP and Open ACC) to 35 students as part of Lehigh’s annual HPC Symposium.
In June, PSC scientific co-director Ralph Roskies and PSC director of networking Wendy Huntoon addressed information officers and other leaders of the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Their presentation highlighted how computational science and cyberinsfrastructure are changing research and outlined possible collaboration between PSC and PASSHE universities.
As part of a program sponsored by PAIUnet, Pennsylvania’s statewide, high-speed educational network, PSC in March helped to develop and coordinate a data-modeling session for high-school students taking part in the state-wide Marcellus Shale Project. Also, through its BEST and CAST programs (see pp. 8-9), PSC provides continuing training and curriculum materials for western Pennsylvania high-school math and science teachers.
Several projects in this booklet highlight research in Pennsylvania enabled through PSC:
• Bright Lights, Big Cosmos: Astrophysicists at Carnegie Mellon University are simulating the period in the evolution of the Universe when stars, galaxies and black holes first appeared (p. 40).
• Modeling Aortic Aneurysms: Drawing on data from Allegheny General Hospital, biomedical engineers are modeling aortic aneurysms so that it will be possible to better guide decisions on when surgery is required (p. 44).
• When Small Worlds Collide: A Lehigh University physicist is calculating spin properties of molecules that could help lead to quantum computing, much faster than today’s supercomputers (p. 45).
• Fighting Dengue Resurgence: Researchers at PSC and the University of Pittsburgh are developing tools to help public-health decision makers intervene effectively to stop the world-wide spread of dengue fever (p. 47).
Supercomputing Provided to Pennsylvania Organizations
From July 2011 through June 2012, PSC provided more than 7.8 million processor hours to 917 individual Pennsylvania researchers from 40 institutions. The following Pennsylvania corporations, universities, colleges and K-12 institutions used PSC resources during this period:
Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny-Singer Research Institute
Bryn Mawr College
Carnegie Mellon University
Cedar Crest College
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Community College of Allegheny County
Frazier School District
Grove City College
Indiana University of PA, all campuses
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Lock Haven University
Oakland Catholic High School
Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School
PA CYBER Charter School
Pennsylvania State University, all campuses
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh, all campuses
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Upper St. Clair High School