Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Collaborates with SGI on Shared-Memory Enhancements

PITTSBURGH, November 29, 2011— The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) acquired an SGI® UV1000 in July 2010 with help from an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Named Blacklight, this system has 32 terabytes of memory partitioned into two connected 16-terabyte shared-memory nodes, in effect, the two largest shared-memory systems in the world. With certain programming approaches, furthermore, such as message-passing and partitioned global address space (PGAS), researchers can access all 32 terabytes as a single memory space.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Wins High-Performance Computing Award

PITTSBURGH, November 21, 2011— HPCwire, a leading electronic-news outlet for high-performance computing and communication (HPC), awarded a 2011 Reader’s Choice Award to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) for Best Use of HPC in an Edge HPC application.

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Blacklight Goes to Work at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

The world’s largest shared-memory system, a resource of XSEDE, has rapidly proven itself as a productive tool in research across a range of fields.

PITTSBURGH, November 9, 2011Blacklight has rapidly proven its mettle in many scientific fields. This newest system of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), an SGI® Altix® UV1000, acquired in July 2010 with help from a $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation, is a resource of XSEDE, the NSF cyberinfrastructure program, where it has opened new capability for U.S. scientists and engineers.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Collaboration with Harvard Pioneers a New Approach in Brain Study

Prodigious data-transmission, management and image processing made it possible to map the connections between individual brain cells identified according to function

PITTSBURGH, August 16, 2011 — “Untangling Neural Nets” said the big-print headline on the cover of Nature (March 10, 2011), with an image from work by scientists at Harvard and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). A news comment in the same issue framed their research as “an exciting and pioneering approach . . .” by which the researchers “achieved a new feat . . . a way of directly studying the relationship of a neuron’s function to its connections.”

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New "Memory Advantage Program" on Blacklight at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

PITTSBURGH, July 26, 2011Blacklight, the SGI Altix UV 1000 system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), available to researchers nationally through the National Science Foundation’s newly announced XSEDE program, has opened new computational capability for U.S. scientists and engineers. Featuring 32 terabytes of shared memory, partitioned into two connected 16-terabyte coherent shared-memory systems, Blacklight is the largest shared-memory system in the world.

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