Building on 30 Years of Innovation and Collaboration.
Thirty years have gone by since June 1986 when PSC opened its doors. Our collaborations with major institutions and vendors have enabled us to promote and support innovative projects and programs that have had a national as well as international impact on our lives and the lives of future generations.
How your donations help.
Your donations help us form new collaborations and provide increased high performance computing power which, in turn, enable us to continue to address issues of broad social impact, some of which are described here.
Bridges supercomputer reveals interaction between diabetes and digestive-tract microbes
Many people appreciate how serious diabetes is: it can cause blindness, nerve pain and lack of circulation in the limbs that leads to amputation, to say nothing of heart attack or stroke. But patients with diabetes also have a high risk of acid reflux, abdominal pain, nausea, ulcers, Candida infections and diarrhea. "Diabetic gut" poses a mix of digestive problems that causes suffering, disability and great medical expense. (Researchers Wenxuan Zhong, Ping Ma and graduate student Xin Xing of the University of Georgia's Franklin College, aided by Phil Blood of PSC)
Blacklight supercomputer simulations give new insight to crash injuries, better prevention
“Crash-test dummies” can help engineers design safer cars but provide only limited information about the forces experienced by the body in an impact. Improved computer models of vehicle crashes can predict how restraints and other safety systems could work better. They could also help researchers to duplicate the effects of thousands of changes that would be far too slow to test in physical crash tests. (Research led by Ashley A. Weaver, The Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network)
Massive data analysis using Blacklight supercomputer uncovers Black women’s experiences
We say, “History is written by the victors.” But it’s probably more true to say it’s written by the people who have the opportunity to write. Many earlier documents don’t mention Black women directly. Those that do mention Black women often are historically obscure, hidden away in vast library collections and unintentionally misleadingly titled or cataloged. Until recently researchers had no good way of recovering this “lost history.” (Research led by Ruby Mendenhall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)