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New File System from PSC Tackles Image Processing on the Fly

Jul 25, 2016 |

Processing the high-volume datasets, particularly image data, generated by modern scientific instruments is a huge challenge. Last week, a team of researchers from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center reported a novel approach to coping with the data flood – the Virtual Volume File System (VVFS) – which they say significantly reduces storage capacity requirements and facilitates Read more…

HPC and Big Data Convergence Takes Life at PSC’s Bridges

Jun 1, 2016 |

Roughly three months into early operations, the Bridges computing resources being deployed at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is bearing fruit. Designed to accommodate traditional HPC and big data analytics, Bridges had supported 245 projects as of May 26. This ramping up of the NSF-funded ($9.6 M) Bridges project is an important step in delivering practical Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

XSEDE Resources Fuel Investigation of Model Human Origins

Aug 20, 2015 |

A mix of data- and computation-intensive XSEDE resources are enabling researchers to scale up their climate, vegetation and agent-based human behavior models to tackle fundamental questions of how Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet, according to archeologist Colin Wren of Arizona State University (ASU). The international collaboration, led by Curtis Marean of ASU, will Read more…

CMU’s Claudico Goes All-In Against World-Class Poker Pros

May 1, 2015 |

Last Friday (April 24), the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition kicked-off at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, exactly halfway through the event, computer program “Claudico,” a joint effort between the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon, has played over 40,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker against four of the game’s professionals. The Read more…

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Welcomes ‘Sherlock’

Feb 1, 2013 |

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center celebrates the arrival of its newest supercomputer.

The Weekly Top Five

May 26, 2011 |

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the NC State effort to overcome the memory limitations of multicore chips; the sale of the first-ever commercial quantum computing system; Cray’s first GPU-accelerated machine; speedier machine learning algorithms; and the connection between shrinking budgets and increased reliance on modeling and simulation.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Celebrates 25 Years

Apr 12, 2011 |

As the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center prepares to celebrate its 25-year anniversary, three founders provide perspective.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Kicking It Old School

Oct 12, 2010 |

Like the iconic blacklight, PSC’s new shared memory system is a blast from the past.

The Week in Review

May 6, 2010 |

D.E. Shaw Research loans specialized supercomputer to Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center for biomolecular research, while NIH provides the operating funds; and NCSA climate change models show earth’s temperatures are rising in response to human activity, but it’s not too late to act. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.