Nick Nystrom Appointed Interim Director of PSC

July 27, 2017

Nick Nystrom, senior director of research at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has been appointed interim director of the center. Nystrom succeeds Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies, who have been co-directors of PSC since its founding in 1985.

During the interim period, Nystrom will oversee PSC’s state-of-the-art research into high performance computing, data analytics, science and communications, working closely with Levine and Roskies to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

A research physicist, Nystrom joined PSC in 1992. For the past year he has led the center’s scientific research teams, including the User Support for Scientific Applications, Biomedical and Public Health Applications groups, as well as a core team targeting converged high performance computing and big data production resources and strategic applications.

Since joining PSC, Nystrom has developed massively scalable applications and conducted research in areas highly relevant to the work of the center, including quantum chemistry, software and performance engineering and many others. He has been instrumental in computer architecture initiatives, including leading the team that developed Bridges, a new kind of supercomputer that brings high performance computing together with artificial intelligence and big data. Nystrom has also been a key player in the development of new collaborations within our universities and across academia, industry and government.

PSC, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh that is housed administratively in the Mellon College of Science at CMU, has hosted 19 world-class supercomputers in the 31 years of its operations. A search committee to identify a permanent leader of the center will be co-chaired by Rebecca Doerge, dean of the Mellon College of Science at CMU, and Rob Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research at Pitt, with input from faculty at both institutions and senior staff at PSC.