2021 Complete Research Report

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We are proud to present the 2020-21 Ohio Supercomputer Center Research Report. Download the report to read it in PDF format, or browse the articles on the web by clicking on each story (located below the director's letter).

Download the 2021 OSC Research Report (PDF)



Plant biology

Scientists simulate how plants communicate through chemicals

Ecological networks

Preserving pollinator communities through simulations

Artificial intelligence

Accelerating drug discovery with AI

Transportation studies

Using computational simulations to test greener tractor-trailers

Experiential learning

University of Dayton students gain hands-on experience with computing, research

Pipeline preservation

CRES research findings promote infrastructure integrity

Structural biology

Capturing molecular motors in action

Architecture simulations

Classroom architecture programs amplified by OSC

Computational chemistry

Nanoparticle research yields education in data science

From the director

While the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror, the lasting effects get a little clearer each day. For OSC, the disruptions of the pandemic clarified one of the most important aspects of our work: community. Nearly overnight, our definition of togetherness fundamentally changed and, subsequently, we have reforged our connections and found new ways to gather.

OSC is no stranger to bringing distant communities together. The support we regularly provide to our clients all over the state of Ohio and the world had our staff prepared for virtual interaction even before the pandemic. Even so, the sudden displacement from our physical workspaces revealed the importance of cultivating our communities.

In response, we are intentionally reshaping how we gather together with our clients. Our Campus Champions program continues to grow as we engage campus IT support staff at Ohio’s colleges and universities to serve as local advocates for supercomputing and resources for their faculty and students. Our new Researcher Recognition program enables anyone to nominate the deserving work of oneself or one’s peers for spotlighting on our website and in the Research Report. And we are redeveloping our biannual Statewide Users Group meeting to make it just as engaging online as in person.

We are also reflecting on the ways in which our client community helps us grow stronger as a service provider. Our clients hail from across Ohio’s diverse and thriving research and innovation ecosystem and present us with a fascinating range of high performance computing (HPC), data storage and support needs. To meet these demands, our machines are tooled with a broader range of capabilities than comparable academic supercomputer centers; our data storage is secure, reliable and backed up; and our software applications and client support teams are cross-trained, qualified and capable of helping in any situation.

We are so proud to be a part of making possible the grand and consequential work you will read about in the following pages. While we call this the “Research Report,” I hope you will see how the impact of work enabled by OSC extends far beyond the laboratory and into the lives of Ohioans every day.

Whether you are a current or prospective client, a scientist, artist, engineer or teacher, if you are interested in learning more about how OSC’s high performance computing and storage could benefit your work, please reach out—we would love to help.

David E. Hudak
Executive Director

2020–21 Highlights

ICICLE AI Institute

OSC will serve as a core collaborator in the new NSF
AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE), one of  11 new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes. The $20 million institute is led by The Ohio State University.

National and Local Engagement

Our staff participated in a variety of workshops and sessions at the Supercomputing Conference, hosted a virtual version of its Young Women’s Summer Institute and multiple “What’s So Super About Supercomputing?” youth webinars, and adapted our biannual Statewide Users Group conference to a virtual format.

Classroom Support

Classroom utilization of OSC resources accelerated dramatically, with a 232% increase in the number of Ohio higher education courses employing our tailored class.osc.edu user portal for virtual computer labs and hands-on experiences with data-intensive platforms such as R Studio and Jupyter.