OSC features partnerships at international conference

Nov 9, 2011

Presentations highlight value of supercomputing to research, industry

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Columbus, Ohio (Nov. 9, 2011) –The Ohio Supercomputer Center will showcase its state industry and research partnerships as the center participates in the exhibition and technical programs at SC11, the premier international conference on high performance computing (HPC), networking and storage being held Nov. 12-18, in Seattle, Washington.

Each year, OSC highlights the work of faculty, researchers and business partners at its exhibitor booth. Presentations at SC11 will showcase the center’s collaborations in higher education and its signature programs to propel the state’s economic development, Blue Collar ComputingÔ (BCC) and the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science. OSC’s booth partners this year include: The Alliance for High Performance Digital Manufacturing (AHPDM), The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nimbis Services, The Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Biomedical Informatics and TotalSim.

“This conference is an excellent forum at which to share our applications utilizing high performance computing, embrace feedback from the experts in the field and explore the cutting-edge technology showcased by the many vendors in support of our Centers of Emphasis at The Research Institute,” said David Billiter, director of informatics at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight a strategic approach, with the partnership of The Research Institute and OSC, to harmonize domain experts to battle disease.”

The following outlines the specific partnerships highlighted in the exhibition booth:

  • The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital(The Research Institute). OSC provides microscopy and biorepository image storage services to hospital’s research group, as well as other medical research centers in Ohio. Working with The Research Institute, OSC is providing data storage and a development platform for the remote visualization of memory-intensive pathological images for initiatives associated with The Research Institute and the Biopathology Center.
  • The OSU Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI). OSC supports OSU BMI’s clusters and works to mirror their genomics databases, installing and supporting software required for analysis of genetic data of human disease and running PhemoLIMS, a lab notebook.
  • Nimbis Services, Inc., a cloud-computing and application portal consulting company, which is working with OSC to develop domain-specific portal applications for OSC’s BCC program that can be easily embraced by a large cross section of companies. These applications develop an online marketplace for on-demand portals or application services driven behind the scenes by HPC.
  • Total Sim USA. OSC’s most recent BCC-related project with this computational fluid dynamics consulting company, whose U.S. headquarters are in Dublin, Ohio, is to work with small manufacturers an application called the Manifold Flow Predictor (MFP). Manifolds involve a large category of industrial applications that use pipes, hoses, sprinklers or vacuums to move either air or fluids through several openings, from spraying glue on a cereal box lid to capturing smoke from a boiler. The CFD and visualizations are calculated using OSC resources and displayed to the user via their web browser.
  • Alliance for High Performance Digital Manufacturing. This cross-industry collaborative organization, of which OSC is a member, is dedicated to changing American manufacturing by bringing the power of advanced computing to the value chain.

OSC and its partners also have a presence in the SC11 technical program. On Nov. 16, AHPDM partners from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Intel and OSC will present a birds-of-a-feather session that discusses barriers and solutions to the “missing middle,” the 95% of all manufacturers who do not have access to HPC approaches.

On Nov. 15, Billiter from The Research Institute will present a Masterworks session on digital pathology’s use to support personalized and translational medicine in the fight against cancer. And Tom Lange of Procter & Gamble, a partner in OSC’s state BCC activities, will focus on the ways in which HPC can be leveraged to fuel consumer product science and engineering processes.

In addition, OSC staff will demonstrate the capabilities of the Intel® MIC Architecture across five high performance computing (HPC) application classes at the Intel booth (Booth 2121). Findings in the research fields of computational chemistry, climate and ocean modeling, high-energy physics, image processing and computational material sciences will be jointly presented.

OSC’s participation at the SC11 conference also extends to the education program, where Steve Gordon, director of the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science and interim co-executive director of OSC, is one of the leaders. The four-day intensive curriculum is designed to help faculty and high school teachers introduce computational and data-enabled science and engineering (CDESE) techniques, technologies and resources into their classrooms.

As education lead for the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), Gordon’s team will also have a presence in their booth (Booth 5415). The XSEDE education team works with universities around the country to formalize computational science education programs and prepare a future workforce that can apply computational modeling to solve challenging science and engineering problems.

OSC and its Ohio partners continue to be highly visible participants in the technical programs and exhibits, and are anticipating an active week promoting Ohio research during this annual international supercomputing conference. Featured programs and research are available online at sc11.osc.edu and at the OSC booth (Booth 2713).



About SC11
SC11, sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes the premiere HPC technical program, a world class exhibit area, and a communities program that welcomes new communities of practitioners. Additional information on OSC at SC11 can be found at: sc11.osc.edu.

About the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
A member of the Ohio Technology Consortium of the Ohio Board of Regents, 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 vital resources essential to make 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 to secure 21st century jobs. For more, visit www.osc.edu.