News in Brief




User input and experience have helped PSC’s Data Exacell (DXC) complete a successful first year of operation. Thanks to the ongoing dialog with users, the DXC team has advanced the system’s software and gained a new understanding of the advanced and novel hardware used to create it.

Aegilops speltoides headsALL Flesh is Grass?

Blacklight Helps Researchers Untangle Genome of Wheat Progenitor

Wheat, a species of grass, provides more protein for human consumption—more flesh—than any other plant. Globally, we harvest 725 million metric tons of wheat every year. It’s a fundamental human food source, found in many common items including breads, pastas and cereals. But wheat is a complicated plant, a hybrid of several progenitor species.

videoTeaching the Machine to See

Blacklight "Trains" Video Search System for Competition Victory

A good example that we live in the era of Big Data is that, as we’ve moved from super-8-film home movies to ever-present smartphones, we’ve all begun to generate so much visual imagery that we seldom look at a given video more than once. Worse, when we do want to find a video clip, it’s lost among thousands of others.

africatoolsPutting Tools in the Right Hands

PSC Workshops Transform Public Health in East Africa


In a series of workshops sponsored by the Mozambique Ministry of Health, PSC’s Public Health Applications Group and their colleagues at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have trained ministry officials and public health stakeholders in that East African country to use two lifesaving computational tools.

brain bridgesBridging the GAP

Bridges Will Bring High-Performance Computing and Data Analysis Capabilities to New Fields

 Today, investigators in important, data-intensive fields such as cancer genomics, the digital humanities and machine learning increasingly find that they need the data handling and analytic power of high-performance computers operating in a system designed specifically for manipulating and storing very large amounts of data.

With its new Bridges environment, PSC will provide these researchers with a new level of computational and data-handling capability that meets with their needs. Supported by a $9.65-million National Science Foundation (NSF) award, Bridges will be delivered by Hewlett-Packard (HP) based on an architecture designed by PSC. Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2015, with a target production date of January 2016.

“We designed Bridges to benefit new communities and to bring the power of high-performance computing to Big Data. The community’s response to learning about Bridges has been overwhelmingly positive, confirming Bridges’ transformational potential for research.”

—Nick Nystrom, Bridges Principal Investigator and Project Leader, PSC

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