Press Releases

An electron microscope image shows Arabidopsis thaliana trichomes among the pavement cells.

A University of Akron researcher is creating sophisticated computer simulations at the Ohio Supercomputer Center to help understand how “misfolded” proteins in the brain contribute to degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

A new web-based application powered by supercomputers has the potential to inform public health decisions by visualizing genetic and evolutionary information about the spread of infectious diseases across time, geography, host animals and humans.

Using precise computer simulations, Ohio State University researchers were able to discover potential keys to mass producing a specific pattern of graphite in a layer just one atom thick, signaling a breakthrough that could lead to "graphene" challenging silicon as the preferred material for manufacturing faster, more efficient computer chips.

Geneva, Switzerland (March 30, 2010) At 1:06 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) today, the first protons collided at 7 TeV in the Large Hadron Collider. These first collisions, recorded by the LHC experiments, mark the start of the LHC’s research program. Animation of the first reconstructed 7 TeV events seen by ALICE can be found on YouTube. For more information about this milestone event and American participation – including involvement by staff members of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, read the press releases below.

Physics Begins at the Large Hadron Collider
Text of the press release issued by Brookhaven National Laboratory and Fermilab:

An Ohio State University biophysicist is using supercomputer simulations to search tens of thousands of molecular compounds to discover drugs that will block an enzyme that inhibits the human body’s ability to suppress brain tumors.

Austin Kochs, a third-year student at The Metro Early College High School, delivered a final presentation last week on his internship experiences at the Ohio Supercomputer Center during the winter quarter.

Kochs gave his presentation to teachers, parents and Ohio Supercomputer Center staff and offered a comparative review of OpenFOAM, an open-source computational fluid dynamics program used by industry and academic researchers.

Researchers at The Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) are using powerful supercomputers to further refine satellite measurements of the surface height of the world’s oceans.

A multi-institutional research team that first tested a computer modeling program at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) has received a prestigious 2010 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program award.

Steven I. Gordon, interim co-executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, has been honored by the American Institute of Certified Planners with the announcement of his selection to its College of Fellows.