AI on Bridges Improves Severe Weather Prediction

Machine Learning Enables Scientists to Spot "Comma-Shaped Clouds"

July 2, 2019

Meteorologists can get time-critical help in spotting dangerous cloud formations using artificial intelligence (AI), according to scientists at Penn State and AccuWeather Inc. The team trained an AI with the “machine learning” method, running on PSC’s Bridges system, to recognize a typical cloud formation known as comma-shaped clouds in satellite images. Their results detected up to 99 percent of the comma-shaped clouds and 64 percent of ensuing storms in 2011 and 2012 satellite images over the U.S. Their hope is to develop an accurate early warning system so storm warnings can be issued more quickly than possible today.

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CMU Conference Convened for AI and Data

July 1, 2019

In May, 150 researchers, librarians, scientists, computer scientists and industry professionals from 10 countries and dozens of organizations convened at Carnegie Mellon University for the 2019 Artificial Intelligence and Data Reuse (AIDR) Conference. The event was organized by PSC and Carnegie Mellon’s University Libraries, and was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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PSC Hosts West Virginia University Supercomputer

April 2, 2019

West Virginia University (WVU), in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has announced the creation of one of the state’s most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. The Thorny Flat High-Performance Computer Cluster, named after the state’s second highest peak, joins WVU’s Spruce Knob cluster as resources. With 1,000 times more computing power than a desktop computer, the Thorny Flat cluster could benefit a variety research: forest hydrology; genetic studies; forensic chemistry of firearms; modeling of solar-to-chemical energy harvesting; and design and discovery of new materials.

Thorny Flat is the latest step in an ongoing regional partnership with PSC. The partnership has contributed greatly to the Morgantown-Pittsburgh corridor’s status as a hub for technological and scientific progress. The system will be housed in PSC’s machine room, and the center will provide routine maintenance and support for scientists using it.

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Nystrom Named PSC Chief Scientist

Will Serve as Principal Scientific and Technical Adviser to PSC Director

March 14, 2019

Nicholas Nystrom has been named chief scientist of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). In this newly created position, Nystrom will serve as the principal scientific and technical adviser to the PSC’s director and will be the primary authority for the technical content of the center's science and technology portfolio. He will coordinate all research proposals and ensure the PSC’s continued collaboration with key partners.

Alan D. George Named Interim Director of PSC

Feb. 27, 2019

Alan D. George, PhD, the Ruth and Howard Mickle Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and department chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been named the interim director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

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