OSC Prepares for Supercomputing 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov 4, 2002) — 

For the past 14 years, OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) has made a place for itself in the world of high performance networking and computing. This year will be no exception when OSC showcases recent projects at Supercomputing 2002 (SC2002), an annual weeklong national supercomputing conference. SC2002 will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on November 16-22.

OSC's theme this year is "Super Cycles to Super Users." Several programs will highlight OSC's expertise in managing regional and national HPC and networking initiatives. They include: Cluster Ohio, a centralized management system of distributed clusters, state scalable programs, and statewide software licenses; and ITEC-Ohio, one of two national testbeds for Internet2 research; outreach efforts, including educational, and training programs focusing on K-12, minority-serving institutions, and the National Computational Science Alliance; life sciences, including the Sun Center of Excellence in High Performance Computing Environments and bioinformatics resources; and collaborations, focusing on industry and Department of Defense projects.

Cluster Ohio, one of this year's features, is an initiative of OSC and the Ohio Board of Regents. It encourages faculty to build local computing clusters. It has 12 research institutions operating clusters with over 900 processors being managed to solve difficult scientific problems.

OSC Networking's latest research from ITEC-Ohio will be featured, including a Transportable Satellite Internet System (TSIS). This new system will provide substantial educational, human services, and governmental opportunities to areas with limited Internet connectivity. OSC's Networking division, of which ITEC-Ohio is a part, partnered with The Ohio State University and the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) to develop the satellite.

OSC, a state-supported resource, provides a reliable high performance computing and network infrastructure for a diverse, statewide/regional community including education, academic research, industry, and state government. As a shared resource, OSC accelerates the use of technology to strengthen the state's attractiveness and global competitiveness.