OSC staff members Brad Hittle and Thomas Kerwin team up with colleagues and research partners to develop new
visualization capabilities and, in turn, new insights and innovations.

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) leverages significant investments made by the state to focus intently on our research end-users, developing the powerful tools and essential services needed to help guide scientific discoveries, classroom projects and commercial products to their culmination. OSC is renowned for demystifying the innovation process and finding novel and effective ways to exploit supercomputers for industry and academia, giving our researchers a competitive edge.

The Center effectively leverages its resources on a collaborative basis to procure significant extramural funding for a wide range of university and business collaborators in Ohio. OSC annual surveys of nearly two-dozen Ohio universities indicate that the faculty who use the Center’s facilities receive more than $85 million in research funding. In addition to helping faculty win external funding, OSC helps Ohio colleges and universities attract and retain top-notch faculty and partner in new research program investments.

OSC State Funds to External Funds for Ohio 1:17

OSC’s mission and strategic vision was strengthened in FY10 with input from its Governing Board, the Ohio Board of Regents and Center staff.

Our vision is to be a national center that drives research and development in computational science and the applications of supercomputing, and thus be a strategic transformative force behind Ohio’s new economy: by empowering Ohio researchers to new innovations and discoveries that will lead to new products, businesses and services; by partnering with Ohio industries to use supercomputing and computational science as a competitive force; and, in collaboration with Ohio’s colleges and universities, in educating Ohio’s workforce in the key skills required for future jobs. The plan to realize our vision leverages the significant investments that have already been made by the Third Frontier Program. Specifically, the plan concentrates on the key areas of Advanced Materials, Biosciences and Energy & Environment and requires investments for additional technical capabilities, expertise to assist industrial clients, and staff to initiate new workforce training activities. In combination with existing programs across the state in these areas, these investments can be leveraged to position Ohio as the world leader, serving as an attractor for the brightest minds and most innovative firms to move to the state.

OSC strives to craft innovative, shared solutions for its academic and industry stakeholders. To that end, the Center’s staff empowers and partners with researchers to extend their success nationally, as in the following examples:

  • Staff members are working with Somnath Ghosh, Ph.D., in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU) on his Teragrid Award to support development of a new multispatial, multi-time model for material fatigue failure.
  • Through our Instrumentation and Analytic Services (IAS), OSC provides new software solutions that empower researchers across institutions and disciplines to collaboratively share and use distributed instrumentation – such as electron microscopes, telescopes and spectrometers – that are expensive to buy and maintain. In addition diverse array of companies have taken advantage of the portals, shared remote instrumentation, application hosting and cycles offered by OSC through the Blue Collar Computing program.
  • OSC is launching the ARMSTRONG Research Portal (A Research Management System for Training, Research Opportunities, Notices and Grants) to allow users to review system usage and track major allocations requests; post publications and grants; track customized grant opportunities; access training schedules and online tutorials; meet other OSC users to partner on research projects and grant proposals; and forge industry and academic partnerships.

OSC accomplishments for FY10 are highlighted in the following sections – hardware and software resources; visualization offerings; Blue Collar Computing; Ralph Regula School of Computational Science; and most importantly, vignettes of the innovations and discoveries achieved by researchers who take advantage of the Center’s technological assets.