Region’s First 100-Gigabit-per-Second Network Opens in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Brings New Technology to Regional Users

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has upgraded the Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) Internet2 connection to 100 gigabits per second (GE, or gigabit Ethernet). The new connection puts 3ROX at the leading edge of academically based networks, offering users speeds 10 times those of the highest-bandwidth academic and industrial connections in the region. The new connection is about 5,000 times faster than typical home broadband Internet.

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PSC Recognized for Sixth Year in a Row in HPCwire Editor’s Choice, Reader’s Choice Awards

Nov. 17, 2015

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and its collaborators have once again been recognized for excellence in developing and applying HPC technologies to problems of social importance. HPCwire, the leading trade publication for the high performance computing (HPC) community, cited the center’s work for “Best Use of HPC Applications in Life Sciences” and “Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics.” HPCwire announced the awards today at SC15, the international conference of the HPC industry, with more than 12,000 attendees this year. This is PSC’s sixth year in a row of recognition from HPCwire.

Read more: PSC Nets Two HPCwire Awards

Improved Network Diagnosis and Repair Goal of NSF Grant

Nov. 12, 2015

A proposed automated system will allow users to provide network administrators with information about faulty connections, greatly speeding network diagnosis and repair. This system, to be called TestRig 2.0, is the goal of a new $300,000 NSF grant to researchers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

“When researchers encounter network problems they naturally reach out to network engineers,” says Chris Rapier, PSC Senior Research Programmer and principal investigator in the grant. “However, the engineers have to rely on the user to provide them with enough information to properly diagnose the problem. This means multiple rounds of email, phone calls, tests, and often times results in significant delays.”

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Genome analysis center wins National Science Foundation funding renewal

US scientists to have better access to computational tools, resources to analyze big data

Nov. 10, 2015

The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) at Indiana University has received $627,854 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue its work helping scientists analyze, understand, and make use of the vast quantities of genomic information now available. In a separate, collaborative award, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received $131,987 from NSF as part of the NCGAS renewal.

The three-year grant renewal will allow the center to develop and deliver services that meet a national need for support of genome analyses that includes consulting services, software enhancements, and computation for the national community of researchers. The center currently supports hundreds of scientists working on more than 40 long-term research projects all over the US.

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PSC to Play role in Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Today, the National Science Foundation announced the funding of four regional Big Data Innovation Hubs. Researchers from PSC and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and Mellon College of Science are part of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, led by Columbia University.

Cheryl Begandy, director of Education, Outreach and Training at PSC will serve on the hub's Advisory Steering Committee. She will also serve with J. Ray Scott, director of Systems and Operations at PSC, on the hub's Data Sharing Connector Team, which will study platforms and formats for regional data sharing, including software to allow researchers to annotate and publish their own data. PSC intends to play a significant role in enabling efficient storage and analysis of the hub's large public data.

More information on CMU’s role in the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

NSF Announcement of Big Data Innovation Hubs

Blacklight's Final Bow

August 15, 2015

It’s rare for a HPC center to celebrate the decommissioning of a machine. However, Blacklight was so accomplished, we thought it deserved a special salute.

Here's what others had to say about this remarkable machine.

 

Study Suggests Vial Size Can Have Large Impact on Vaccine Supply Chain

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vaccine vial size – the total number of doses a single vaccine vial contains – can have a significant impact on vaccine distribution, costs and use, according to a new study by researchers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In a computer model of the vaccine supply chain of the West African nation of Benin, vial-size decisions had far-reaching and reverberating effects throughout the vaccine supply chain. Vial size greatly impacted supply chain logistics, increasing and decreasing constraints and bottlenecks depending on the combination of vial sizes used, with considerable effect on the availability of vaccines. The output of the model, generated by the HERMES software platform developed at Hopkins and PSC, holds great promise for improving the supply of vaccines and other medical tools in Benin, low-income nations and the entire world.

Read the full press release here.

PSC Helps Power Human-AI Poker Match-Up

Friday, April 24, 2015

First, Deep Blue came for Kasparov, besting the world’s top-ranked chess player in 1997. Then Watson beat Jeopardy!’s best and brightest in 2011. Now Claudico, a program developed at Carnegie Mellon University using high performance computing thanks to an XSEDE allocation on Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Blacklight system, will take on the next great challenge in machine learning: facing off against four of the world’s top 10 players at no-limit, heads-up Texas hold ’em poker. Read the CMU press release https://www.cs.cmu.edu/brains-vs-ai.

The two-week “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence” tournament begins today at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, with poker pros Doug Polk, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li and Jason Les facing off against Claudico. Unlike earlier human-machine poker matches involving bid-limited Texas hold ’em, this competition will involve the vastly more complex unlimited version, which offers 10161 (1 followed by 161 zeroes) possible game situations. Not only a program for playing Poker, Claudico is the product of a set of algorithms developed by CMU’s Tuomas Sandholm and students that can automatically derive optimum strategies for virtually any situation in which opponents possess incomplete information, given only the rules of the “game.”

View continuous play:   twitch.tv/Claudico_vs_DougPolktwitch.tv/Claudico_vs_DongKimtwitch.tv/Claudico_vs_BjornLitwitch.tv/Claudico_vs_JasonLes

You can also follow the tournament at @psc_live (Twitter) and www.psc.edu.

Rivers Casino is a gambling establishment; no one under age 21 is permitted on casino property.

PSC to Build Early Warning Tool for Fixing Internet Traffic Jams

$300,000 National Science Foundation Grant Will Use Web10G Data to Warn Users, Administrators for Proactive Repair of Slow Data Flow

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A new, $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will enable software engineers at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to build the first practical tool for warning individual users and their network administrators when their connection has developed a problem that will slow or halt data flow. The one-year project will build a tool called XSight, intended to become a standard part of the toolbox for maintaining network connections for all operating systems. XSight will build on PSC’s Web10G, a set of software tools for obtaining connection data.

“XSight will represent a proactive approach toward resolving network problems,” says PSC’s Chris Rapier, principal investigator in the project. “It’s different from other approaches to measure network performance because it takes advantage of Web10G’s ability to collect data on individual data transfers, both in the network and in an application’s interaction with the network.”

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