• Bridges-2 Begins Production Operations
    Advanced research computing platform enters first allocation period; deadline for proposals is April 15

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved PSC’s new Bridges-2 system for production operations. PSC offers time on the NSF-funded, advanced research computing platform to researchers performing academic work, at no cost to them.

  • Shawn Brown Appointed Pitt Vice Chancellor for Research Computing
    PSC Director Shawn Brown has been appointed vice chancellor for research computing at the University of Pittsburgh. Make no mistake: Brown remains director of PSC. He’s ours, we’re keeping him. Brown’s new appointment continues PSC’s strengthening relations with both Pitt and CMU, of which PSC is a joint center. Having responsibility for Pitt’s research computing mission, Brown will provide strategic direction on next-generation computing and […]
  • Virtual Brain Injury Study Identifies Key Factors in Potential Nerve-Fiber Damage
    RMU-Led Report Uses Supercomputing Simulation for a Finer-Scale Look at Stresses Leading to TBI

    A supercomputer simulation has reproduced traumatic brain injury (TBI) at a higher level of detail and under more conditions than ever before, identifying key factors in causing strain to brain tissues. The Robert Morris University (RMU)-led study, using the Bridges platform at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), promises a better understanding of TBI that may lead to better means of protecting service members, athletes and the general public.

  • Neocortex, a Groundbreaking AI Supercomputer, Begins Early User Access at PSC
    Access and AI research begins on the new PSC Neocortex system, an advanced AI computing system for science and engineering that leverages Cerebras Systems’ revolutionary Wafer Scale Engine

    The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has deployed Neocortex, a unique high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) system designed to revolutionize scientific AI research. A number of cutting-edge science and engineering projects are now running on Neocortex as a part of the system’s early user program, which began in mid-February. These projects include efforts in drug discovery, genomics, molecular dynamics, climate research, computational fluid dynamics, signal processing and medical imaging analysis.

  • MuST Program Speeds Predictions of Material Properties
    Open-Source Tool for Engineering New Substances Developed by PSC Scientist and Colleagues

    MuST, a new, open-source supercomputing code, radically reduces the complexity of simulating complex materials, promising predictions of the properties of samples large enough to be relevant to the real world more quickly, according to Yang Wang, senior computational scientist at PSC, in his presentation at the February 2021 XSEDE ECSS Symposium. MuST—named for the multiple scattering theory on which it’s based—uses density function theory (DFT) for ab initio investigation of disordered materials. In other words, predicting materials’ properties from first principles.

  • Pgh Data Jam Wins Pitt Community Engagement Award from the Senior Vice Chancellor
    $2,000 Grant Will Help Fund Operations, Raise Program’s Visibility in Challenging COVID Year

    Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been a banner learning season for the Pittsburgh Data Jam. For the third time this academic year, the program for encouraging Pittsburgh-region high school students to consider careers in data science and other STEM fields has been recognized for its efforts: On March 2, a 2021 Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Award for Partnerships of Distinction at the University of Pittsburgh was announced, providing $2,000 to support Data Jam operations this year and bringing public focus to the project.

  • Bridges HPC System Retires After Five Super Years
    PSC’s Big Data and AI Supercomputer Replaced by New Bridges-2 Platform

    From the vastness of neutron-star collisions to the raw power of incoming tsunamis to the tiny, life-and-death details of how COVID-19 progresses, the Bridges platform at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has seen it all. Now Bridges has taken its final bow, ceding the title of PSC’s flagship high-performance computing (HPC) system to the larger, more advanced Bridges-2.

  • $1.5 M in State Funding for PSC and Collaborators
    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has funded PSC and collaborators with $1.5 million in two separate awards. The state’s 2020-21 budget includes a line item for $500,000 to fund activities at PSC not covered by the organization’s research grants. The money will support PSC’s workforce development efforts and other non-technical outreach activities. Funding by the state is also important in remaining competitive for larger federal and […]
  • Tsunami Simulations on Bridges Featured in Big Compute Podcast
    The horrible power of tsunamis—vast waves generated by earthquakes under the sea—has time and again devastated islands and coastlines near the deep ocean, where most of these events occur. But in 1908, against all expectations, a deadly tsunami hit the city of Messina, coming up the narrow, shallow strait between Sicily and mainland Italy. Modern scientists’ attempts to identify the geological fault that generated the […]
  • COVID-19 & Neutron-Star Science Using PSC Supercomputers Recognized in Separate 2020 HPCwire Awards
    17th Annual HPCwire Awards Presented to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

    Artificial intelligence (AI) studies spanning from the tiny to the huge—from small molecules for fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the enormous forces between colliding neutron stars—powered by PSC, have received separate HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards this year. PSC has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented digitally during the virtual 2020 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC20) via HPCwire.com.

  • 750K Grant to Improve Understanding of Nerve-Muscle Communication at PSC, PITT
    Lab, Computer Experiments to Improve Simulations of Signaling between Nerve and Muscle cells, Offering Clues to Treating a Type of Neurological Disease A new $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will continue a lab-computer collaboration that accurately simulated communications between nerve cells and muscle cells. The project has immediate applications in treating a type of neurological disease called Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). It also […]
  • HuBMAP Inaugural Data Release: Detailed Anatomical Data about Seven Human Organs for Scientists, Public
      Sept. 1, 2020 HuBMAP (the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program) has released its inaugural data for use by the scientific community and the general public. Included in this release are detailed, 3D anatomical data and genetic sequences of healthy tissues from seven organ types, at the level of individual cells as well as many bulk tissue datasets. HuBMAP’s ultimate goal is to provide the framework […]
  • Unequal Neutron-Star Mergers Create Unique “Bang” in Bridges Simulations
    Slower and Noisier Aug. 3, 2020 It seems strange to talk about “quiet” versus “noisy” collisions of neutron stars. But many such impacts form a black hole that swallows all but the gravitational evidence. A series of simulations using PSC’s Bridges platform and other supercomputers by a Penn State scientist suggested that, when the neutron stars’ masses are different enough, the result is far noisier. […]
  • PSC COVID-19 Update: June 15, 2020