Application Development & Parallelization

PSC’s experience with wide range parallel applications helps regional businesses maximize application performace. These case studies produced by the Council on Competitiveness showcase the competitive benefits that can be achieved from modeling and simulation with HPC. The complete case study observation discusses problems PSC users faced and the solutions reached using HPC resources or through partnership with National Science Foundation-funded university HPC centers across the country.

High Performance Computing Helps Create New Treatment For Stroke Victims

Medrad, a provider of drug delivery systems, MRI imaging accessories and catheters, had purchased patents for a promising interventional catheter device to mechanically remove blood clots associated with a stroke. Breaking with a long tradition of building numerous physical prototypes to research the potential of a new technology, Medrad turned to the NSF-funded Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, experts at Carnegie Mellon University and the use of complex numerical simulations running on high performance computers to determine if the catheter technology was worth pursuing. It was. 
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High Performance Computing Drives a “Can-Do” Attitude at Alcoa

Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of aluminum products, was one of the first companies to make major use of high performance computing when it became the NSF-funded Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s first industrial affiliate in 1987. When aluminum faced growing competition from plastic and other composite materials, the company used the PSC supercomputer to handle the complex modeling and simulations needed to get the jump on their competitors by successfully redesigning cans for the beverage industry and a variety of components for the automotive, aerospace, building and construction industries. 
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A Tale of Stylish Shades and High Performance Computing

To advance the state of the art of its proprietary photochromic technology used in Transitions® eyewear and speed its time-to-market, PPG Industries enlisted the help of high performance computing. Advancing photochromic technology, which allows lenses to change from clear to dark and block harmful ultraviolet rays, involves complex modeling and simulation of molecules at the atomic and quantum levels. By enlisting the help of the NSF-funded Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and its powerful high performance computing capabilities, PPG’s R&D organization was able to rapidly create the next generation of photochromic dyes, and move out in front of its competition. 
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