Discover 12 Open House
April 13, 2012 - 10am-4pm
Discover12 — Unleashing the Power of Data — is a day-long open house at Pittsburgh
Supercomputing Center (PSC), a Pennsylvania and national resource for high performance
computing, data management solutions and networking technology.
Come hear about the Data Supercell — a PSC-developed data storage management solution for low cost, high bandwidth, high reliability and high capacity storage. What was once archived is now "near-line" storage, enabling you to make the best decisions based on ALL your available data.
Using our "better than archiving" Data Supercell, you can:
- Keep your data safe and available
- Move your data efficiently
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Preserve data models
- Put your "big data" to work
In addition to the Data Supercell and Digital Manufacturing, you'll see exhibits and demonstrations on how we capture, analyze and visualize data to solve the most challenging problems. Featured projects include:
- Understanding the Brain. This project, a Harvard-PSC collaboration, pioneers a new approach in brain study that makes it possible to identify the function of individual brain cells and map the connections between them. Learn all about the challenges involved in capturing high-resolution images of an extremely small volume of brain. How much data did they capture? More than 110 terabytes.
- Natural Language Processing. Find out how researchers at Carnegie Mellon use PSC's Blacklight, the world's largest shared-memory computing system, to sift through, ask questions, and test better ways to translate languages. They sometimes even make forecasts about collective human behavior. How do they take messy, unstructured data and turn it into meaningful representation? Having an architecture like Blacklight makes this work possible.
- Supermassive Black Holes. With MassiveBlack, the largest cosmological simulation of its kind to date and a new approach to visualizing the results, astrophysicists solved a puzzle about how some of the first black holes in the universe became supermassive in such a short time. MassiveBlack created a massive amount of data, for which researchers turned to Blacklight at PSC. Blacklight made it possible to hold a snapshot of the entire simulation volume, three terabytes of data, in memory at one time.
- Open Education Resources. We highlight two of PSC's educational programs---CMIST and SAFE-Net. These programs provide open education resources on the web for educators, students and parents.
- Professional Development Program for STEM teachers. Find out more about the CAST program and how you can integrate easy-to-use computational modeling and simulation tools into your classroom curriculum.