PSC Joins Pitt and Carnegie Mellon to Launch New Effort to Improve Multi-scale Modeling of Biological Systems

NIH Awards $9.3 Million to Establish Biomedical Technology Research Center 

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30, 2012 – The University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Biomedical Technology Research Center (BTRC) that will develop computational tools for modeling and simulating biological systems from the tissue level down to the molecular level.
By filling in the missing pieces between modeling efforts at disparate scales of structural biology, cell modeling and large-scale image analysis, this new collaborative initiative seeks to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control neurotransmission and signaling events, which in turn could lead to the development of novel treatments for nervous system disorders.
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The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Presents Sherlock, a YarcData uRiKa System for Unlocking the Secrets of Big Data

PITTSBURGH, November 7, 2012 The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and YarcData, a Cray (Nasdaq: Cray) company, today announced the deployment of “Sherlock,” a uRiKA graph-analytics appliance from YarcData for efficiently discovering unknown relationships or patterns “hidden” in extremely large and complex bodies of information. Funded through the Strategic Technologies for Cyberinfrastructure (STCI) program of the National Science Foundation, Sherlock features innovative hardware and software, as well as PSC-specific enhancements, designed to extend the range of applicability to scales not otherwise feasible.

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Using Supercomputers to Regulate How Supercomputers Buy and Sell Stocks

With access to supercomputing through the National Science Foundation, researchers are beginning to understand how ultra-fast computer trading is changing Wall Street.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, October 4, 2012 — The increasing role of computers in Wall Street trading has gathered wide attention, including a September hearing before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment. At that hearing, testimony cited a study — referring to it as “ground-breaking” — that a team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported as “the first paper to explore the impact of high-frequency trading in a nanosecond environment.”

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Data Supercell at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

A patent is pending for PSC’s innovative disk-based data-storage system.

PITTSBURGH, August 21, 2012 — The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has developed and deployed a cost-effective, disk-based file repository and data-management system called the Data Supercell. This innovative technology, developed by a PSC team of scientists, provides major advantages over traditional tape-based archiving for large-scale datasets.

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Biomolecular Research Program Extended at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Results to date include new insights into protein structure and function


PITTSBURGH, July 11, 2012 — The National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC) at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) just completed soliciting proposals for another round of research with Anton, a special-purpose supercomputer designed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) that has enabled researchers to achieve exceptional results in the simulation of biomolecules.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s MARC Program Builds Bioinformatics Expertise at Minority Universities

For more than 10 years PSC’s Minority Access to Research Careers program has addressed a disparity identified in 2011 as an NIH priority.  

PITTSBURGH, July 5, 2012 — A training program of the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (NRBSC) at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has taken a unique pro-active role toward filling the gap in scientific training at minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Since 2001, with funding from NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences, PSC’s MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) program has evolved from providing individual training in what was at first a newly emerging discipline, bioinformatics, to a focus on the development of curricula and research programs at partner universities.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Upgrades Bandwidth and Connectivity in West Virginia

PSC collaboration with WVU, WVNET and federal research facilities transforms West Virginia network landscape.

PITTSBURGH, June 5, 2012 — The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has significantly upgraded the link between PSC and West Virginia University (WVU). At the same time, WVNET (West Virginia Network), a network organization that serves schools, government and non-profits in West Virginia, has joined 3ROX, which gives West Virginia clients of WVNET a significant bandwidth upgrade as well as access to expanded research and education resources.

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PSC Provides Direct Link from Galaxy to the XSEDE Backbone

PITTSBURGH, May 29, 2012 — Mountains of genomics data that had to work their way through a bottleneck of network connections now have a direct, high-speed link to the world’s most powerful data-processing resources — thanks to network engineering at the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX).

3ROX, a high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has put into place a high-bandwidth link from Galaxy, a data-intensive bioinformatics program at Penn State, to the network backbone of the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program. This link opens the high-performance computing (HPC) resources of XSEDE to a research community that has not traditionally been a big user of HPC but, with emerging genomics technologies, will benefit greatly from using it.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Scientist Participates in $.87M Study of Next-Generation Advanced Reactor

PITTSBURGH, May 23, 2012 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a three-year $875,000 grant for a team of Pittsburgh scientists, including Anirban Jana of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), to develop computational models for turbulent mixing in the VHTR (Very High Temperature Reactor), a Generation IV nuclear reactor.

Generation IV reactors offer significant advances in sustainability, safety, reliability and economics. Their designs are currently undergoing study through the Generation IV International Forum (GIF), comprised of 12 countries including the United States, and are expected to be available commercially after 2030.

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