PSC Wins a Record Five HPCwire Readers’, Editors’ Choice Awards

Annual Awards Recognize Leaders in the Global high performance-Computing Community

Nov. 13, 2017

PSC has been recognized with a best-year-ever five HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at the 2017 International Conference for high performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17), in Denver, Colorado. HPCwire, the leading trade publication in the supercomputing community, announced the list of winners at the HPCwire booth at the event, and on the HPCwire website, located at

“PSC appreciates the readers’ and editors’ support for this exciting set of awards,” said Nick Nystrom, Interim Director of PSC. “Their breadth reflects the kinds of high-impact results that PSC’s users are achieving through bringing together HPC, artificial intelligence, and big data.” PSC received:

Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • Outstanding Leadership in HPC – Nick Nystrom, Interim Director, PSC. Against a weighty field of HPC leaders in industry, government, and academia, Dr. Nystrom was recognized for his contributions to advances in high performance computing, machine learning, big data and computational science.
  • Best Use of HPC in Energy: PSC with Texas A&M uses OpenFOAM on PSC Bridges & Texas Advanced Computing Center’s Stampede to better understand coolant & heat transfer in high-temperature-jet reactors. PSC models of liquid helium coolant flow in a next-generation nuclear reactor point the way to more efficient, safer nuclear power.
  • Best Use of AI: CMU School of Computer Science “Libratus” AI on PSC’s “Bridges” wins Brains vs. AI competition. By beating four of the world’s best human players at heads-up, no-limit Texas hold ’em poker, Libratus set a new benchmark for artificial intelligence in a game that involves incomplete information and deception.

Editors’ Choice Awards:

  • Best Use of high performance Data Analytics – PSC’s Bridges for facilitating assembly and analysis of large-scale genomics data. Questions as diverse as primate evolution, optimal genetics for farmed shellfish and the contribution of gut microbes to disease course in diabetes have been illuminated by Bridges’ massive memory capacity.
  • Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences – the University of California San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center & Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center identified structural changes activating the gene-splicing technology, CRISPR-Cas9. HPC studies showed the mechanism by which a revolutionary new engineering method makes precise changes in genes.

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. These awards are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high- performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

“From innovative industry leaders to the end consumer, the HPCwire readership reaches and engages every aspect of the high performance computing community,” said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. “There is undeniable community support signified in receiving this award. Not only from the entire HPC space, but also the amplitude of industries it serves. We proudly recognize these efforts and achievements and gladly allow the voices of our readers to be heard. Our sincere congratulations to all of the winners.”

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website ( or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #HPCwireAwards.