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Primeur weekly 2018-02-19

Exascale supercomputing

Ready for Exascale: researchers find algorithm for large-scale brain simulations on next-generation supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

Researchers demonstrate promising method for improving quantum information processing ...

Fingerprints of quantum entanglement ...

Focus on Europe

Karel Luyben appointed Dutch National Coordinator for Open Science ...

Middleware

An OLCF-developed visualization tool offers customization and faster rendering ...

Hardware

Dell EMC next generation converged infrastructure makes data centre modernization even simpler ...

Cray reports 2017 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies Day proclaimed in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County ...

MACH-2 put into operation at 77 trillion operations/second ...

Applications

CENIC recognizes technology projects to combat California wildfires ...

3D-e-Chem team develops building blocks and recipes for computer-aided drug discovery ...

Researchers find blood pressure drug holds promise for preventing onset of Type 1 diabetes ...

NCSA allocates over $2.4 million in new Blue Waters supercomputer awards to Illinois researchers ...

NCSA researchers create one of the most reliable tools for long-term crop prediction in the U.S. Corn Belt ...

Embracing complexity in biological systems ...

Particle interactions calculated on Titan support the search for new physics discoveries ...

GM revs up diesel combustion modeling on Titan supercomputer ...

NEC and Tohoku University succeed in AI-based new material development ...

Physics data processing at NERSC dramatically cuts reconstruction time ...

Advanced computing and water management at the AAAS Meeting 2018 ...

Neural networks everywhere ...

Supermassive black hole model predicts characteristic light signals at cusp of collision ...

New turbulent transport modelling shows multiscale fluctuations in heated plasma ...

TACC and DOD engage in four-year transformational design project ...

The Cloud

Atos signs key contract with the European Space Agency to enable new services with satellite data ...

Oracle buys Zenedge ...

NEC contributes to ecosystem for enhancing virtualized network orchestration ...

Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies Day proclaimed in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County


Mike Levine, left, and Ralph Roskies, founders of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, stand in front of one of the centre's early supercomputers.
16 Feb 2018 Pittsburgh - By proclamation of the mayor and the county executive, February 16 is Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies Day in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Mayor Peduto and County Executive Fitzgerald recognized the now-retired scientific directors of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) for their service to the city's and county's technical base and scientific progress over 30 years.

On January 31 and February 1, respectively, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives voted on proclamations similarly recognizing the pair.

"What Mike and Ralph created in PSC has stood the test of time, providing lasting value to the national science community", stated Nick Nystrom, PSC’s Interim Director. "Their vision led to a wealth of discoveries that expanded human knowledge and improved the way we live and work."

PSC began in 1986 as a fortuitous confluence of expertise. Michael Levine, a physicist at Carnegie Mellon University, and Ralph Roskies, a physicist at the University of Pittsburgh, needed bigger and better computers to help them carry out the complex calculations they needed for their work in quantum dynamics.

They had, they soon found, plenty of company among their fellow faculty members. The need was there for a supercomputer, and a supercomputing centre, that served the scientists of Pittsburgh and beyond. When the National Science Foundation put out a call for researchers willing to take on the responsibility of building and forming such a centre, Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies, with the help of James Kasdorf of Westinghouse, took up the challenge. Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies would direct the new centre; James Kasdorf would run the day-to-day operations of its machines.

Working with leading-edge suppliers, the team designed and built 19 highly advanced and productive high-performance computing systems. PSC earned a reputation for designing, acquiring, installing and deploying systems that were "serial number 1 or 2" or the first to ship to a customer or completely unique, making them highly productive scientific instruments. Today's systems at PSC are combining high performance computing, artificial intelligence, and Big Data to help researchers in the "hard sciences" as well as biology, social science and the digital humanities who never before needed computers.

Starting with the delivery of PSC's first Cray X-MP/48 supercomputer in 1986, the centre's founders together created an environment for innovation at each stage, from winning that first grant to hiring key people with unique skills, and then empowering them to make innovative contributions. They fostered a community of scientific and computing researchers that enable scientific discovery by re-thinking the architecture and software of the systems they make available.

In a private event, PSC honoured Michael Levine, Ralph Roskies and James Kasdorf for their legacy of service and discovery.
Source: Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center - PSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-02-19

Exascale supercomputing

Ready for Exascale: researchers find algorithm for large-scale brain simulations on next-generation supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

Researchers demonstrate promising method for improving quantum information processing ...

Fingerprints of quantum entanglement ...

Focus on Europe

Karel Luyben appointed Dutch National Coordinator for Open Science ...

Middleware

An OLCF-developed visualization tool offers customization and faster rendering ...

Hardware

Dell EMC next generation converged infrastructure makes data centre modernization even simpler ...

Cray reports 2017 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies Day proclaimed in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County ...

MACH-2 put into operation at 77 trillion operations/second ...

Applications

CENIC recognizes technology projects to combat California wildfires ...

3D-e-Chem team develops building blocks and recipes for computer-aided drug discovery ...

Researchers find blood pressure drug holds promise for preventing onset of Type 1 diabetes ...

NCSA allocates over $2.4 million in new Blue Waters supercomputer awards to Illinois researchers ...

NCSA researchers create one of the most reliable tools for long-term crop prediction in the U.S. Corn Belt ...

Embracing complexity in biological systems ...

Particle interactions calculated on Titan support the search for new physics discoveries ...

GM revs up diesel combustion modeling on Titan supercomputer ...

NEC and Tohoku University succeed in AI-based new material development ...

Physics data processing at NERSC dramatically cuts reconstruction time ...

Advanced computing and water management at the AAAS Meeting 2018 ...

Neural networks everywhere ...

Supermassive black hole model predicts characteristic light signals at cusp of collision ...

New turbulent transport modelling shows multiscale fluctuations in heated plasma ...

TACC and DOD engage in four-year transformational design project ...

The Cloud

Atos signs key contract with the European Space Agency to enable new services with satellite data ...

Oracle buys Zenedge ...

NEC contributes to ecosystem for enhancing virtualized network orchestration ...