The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) 2019-20 Research Report is now available online. The publication highlights news from OSC and spotlights the research and education enabled by Ohio's statewide high performance computing resource.
The Research Report features stories about researchers who use OSC, a look at OSC's response to COVID-19 both in the office and on the clusters and news about the Center's systems and services. Developments include the deployment of the $4.3 million Pitzer cluster expansion, the addition of 8.6 petabytes of data storage and the decommissioning of the Ruby cluster.
"This year, the COVID-19 crisis brought to the forefront what OSC has been doing since its inception: accelerating innovation, research and learning for higher education and industry in Ohio and beyond," said OSC Executive Director Dave Hudak. "Despite this year’s unique challenges, OSC continued to evolve and build upon a 30-year tradition of high technology in the service of higher education."
Research conducted at OSC covers a wide range of disciplines and modes of inquiry, from fluid dynamics to political science, from academic research to commercial engineering. The Research Report’s featured case studies demonstrate OSC’s impact on research and teaching in Ohio and around the world. Examples include:
- Miami University Associate Professor Andrew Paluch shares the power of supercomputing with graduate students in Brazil.
- Ohio State Research Professor Sultana Nahar partners with OSC to empower Muslim women in science.
- Ohio State Associate Professor Skyler Cranmer analyzes political polarization in social media regarding COVID-19.
- Tennessee Tech Assistant Professor Liqun Zhang searches for drugs to treat the coronavirus.
The stories in the Research Report represent work utilizing OSC that has resulted in more than 1,990 citations in peer-reviewed publications across dozens of scientific fields, similar to leading academic computing centers worldwide.
“As a leader in Ohio’s knowledge economy, the Ohio Supercomputer Center empowers faculty and students and enables new research and business opportunities," said Randy Gardner, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. "From biosciences to advanced materials, OSC’s powerful high performance computing serves an incredible range of disciplines that are critical to moving Ohio forward. This year, OSC’s flexibility enabled it to immediately support dozens of researchers as they pivoted to the COVID-19 crisis and helped shape Ohio’s strategic response.”
About OSC: The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) addresses the rising computational demands of academic and industrial research communities by providing a robust shared infrastructure and proven expertise in advanced modeling, simulation and analysis. OSC empowers scientists with the services essential to making extraordinary discoveries and innovations, partners with businesses and industry to leverage computational science as a competitive force in the global knowledge economy and leads efforts to equip the workforce with the key technology skills required for 21st century jobs.