Press Releases

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.

The City of Dublin, home to the Central Ohio Research Network, recently was named a Top Seven Intelligent Community in a think tank’s annual list of smart cities.

Two Ohio State University astronomy researchers have established an international reputation for using X-rays and supercomputers to search the vast depths of space to identify elusive black holes. Now, they and their interdisciplinary colleagues are repositioning their scientific methodology to peer into the human body to enhance cancer therapy and diagnostics (theranostics).

Last month, the Electroscience Laboratory (ESL) at The Ohio State University celebrated the groundbreaking of a new facility on Kinnear Road that will showcase the center’s unique, cutting-edge research. Just down the street, the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) last summer installed a $4 million expansion to its flagship computing system, providing a huge boost to the state’s research and innovation aspirations.

When other chemists reach the limits of what they can learn from experiments in the laboratory, Ohio State’s John Herbert leverages supercomputers to help fill in the rest of the story with computer modeling and simulation.