The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is about to take its cutting-edge capabilities to a whole new level.
On Feb. 1 the Oakland-based center will unveil Sherlock, a high-performance data handling system that will allow researchers to discover otherwise hidden patterns among what can amount to massive amounts of data. An 11 a.m. celebration will include comments from Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg. A technical symposium outlining Sherlock’s potential will follow.
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – or PSC — was established in 1986 as a collaboration among CMU, Pitt and the Westinghouse Electric Co., with support from several federal agencies, the state and private industry. It specializes in analyzing masses of digitized information – sometimes called Big Data — across multiple computer servers. Supercomputing is used in economics, science and medicine for such purposes as enhancing cybersecurity, climate modeling and severe weather prediction, understanding how infections spread and testing preventative strategies, and more. The center’s scientists say Sherlock can create graph analytics by studying a network with as many as 10 billion “edges,” or relationships, among items – be they economic data, people, genes, climate indicators or more.
“Sherlock gives PSC the first system available to researchers that is optimized for a particularly difficult family of questions regarding, for example, security, medicine, public health, and social dynamics,” said Nick Nystrom, the center’s director of strategic applications. “These problems cost individuals and society in time, money, and human suffering. Sherlock also helps keep Pittsburgh — and Pennsylvania — at the forefront of high-performance computing.”
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, a 10-county coalition that markets the benefits of doing business in southwestern Pennsylvania, and assists companies looking to relocate or expand here, salutes the PSC’s 27 years of pioneering work. Click here to learn more about Friday’s events, here to read or listen to the Jan. 29 story on WESA 90.5 FM, or here to read about the PSC’s founding.