"This is very good news for PSC and for the Commonwealth", stated Ralph Roskies, scientific director for PSC, adding that the state's return on its past investments in PSC has been excellent. "Since our inception we've brought over $500 million in outside funds into Pennsylvania, representing a 14:1 return on state funding for PSC."
"We're grateful to the members of the General Assembly, and especially the Allegheny County delegation", Ralph Roskies added. "The bipartisan support of Senators Randy Vulakovich and Jay Costa and Representatives Mark Mustio and Joe Markosek made this possible."
The funding, said PSC's leadership, will benefit the state's technological and workforce infrastructures as well.
"PSC is responsible for generating 1,600 jobs and over $200 million in annual economic activity", stated Cheryl Begandy, PSC's director of education, outreach, and training. "In addition, our place on the leading edge of computing technologies at the largest scale enables us to respond quickly to technological developments, giving the state, its researchers and its small and mid-sized companies a leg up in capitalizing on these advances."
The state line item will also prove valuable to PSC's ongoing competition for federal research funding. Local funding is often seen by granting agencies as concrete evidence of grassroots support for a research centre.
"In our fight for federal awards, we're competing with some of the best high performance computing centres in the world, many of which enjoy significant state funding", Ralph Roskies stated. "The state line item will help us retain a competitive edge over and above the excellence of our proposals themselves."
The details of the line item have yet to be worked out with the state, Ralph Roskies said. Potential projects include: