Case Studies

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) accelerates and enables research and discovery in fields spanning the full range of human knowledge. From social language analysis to particle physics, OSC’s high performance computing, data storage and software application expertise fuels the incredible work of teachers, scientists, engineers, students and businesses in Ohio and across the world. Browse examples of these exciting collaborations by choosing a field of study or InnovateOhio sector below.

About InnovateOhio

Technology is changing everything about the way we live, the way we learn, and the way we work. If we successfully adapt to that change, we can propel a new generation of prosperity. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Jon Husted, InnovateOhio is advancing the DeWine Administration’s commitment to leading an aggressive, innovative path towards a better and stronger Ohio. Learn more about InnovateOhio.

Advanced Materials

Ohio researchers are conducting groundbreaking studies of various advanced materials. The creation and testing of computational models through Ohio Supercomputer Center systems continues to set the bar high for materials science research in Ohio.


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John Glenn, from Cambridge, was the first to orbit the Earth. Neil Armstrong, from Wapakoneta, was the first to walk on the Moon. Judith Resnik, from Akron, was the second woman in space. Today, the NASA Glenn Research Center, near Cleveland, runs over 500 specialized research and test facilities.


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Many early residents ventured into industrialization with industries and factories based on Ohio's agricultural roots. Today, over 15 million acres of farmland contribute $107 billion to the state’s economy. Food and agribusiness is our largest industry, boasting hundreds of companies that cultivate, process, package, distribute and market food and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world.  


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John W. Lambert, from Mechanicsburg, built the first gas-powered, single-cylinder auto. Alexander Winton, from Cleveland, made the first commercial sale. Charles Kettering and team invented the first self-starter. Today, Ohio’s network of automotive companies, research resources and organizations are designing, testing and working to deploy smart mobility initiatives, vehicles and technology.


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Orville and Wilbur Wright, from Dayton, developed wing designs for an airplane, and on December 17, 1903, successfully flew their powered aircraft. Their fledgling technology soon revolutionized the world. Today, Ohio has over 37,000 employees working in the private aerospace and aviation industry.

Biological Sciences

Ohio’s bioscience researchers are leveraging the resources of the Ohio Supercomputer Center to gather and analyze massive amounts of genetic, molecular and environmental data to better understand human physiology, individualize diagnoses and treat diseases.


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While at DuPont Chemical Company, Charles Kettering, from Loudonville, was responsible for Freon, used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Roy J. Plunkett, from New Carlisle, discovered Teflon in 1938. Today, along with DuPont, many companies along the energy supply chain have made their homes in the Buckeye State.


Environmental researchers increasingly turn to the Ohio Supercomputer Center to model, simulate and analyze their way to improving our understanding of the world we live in. These insights are giving us a safer planet today and a better one to leave for future generations.

Industrial Engagement

The Ohio Supercomputer Center has a long history of supporting industrial research, reaching back as far as the Center’s founding in 1987. Manufacturers have leveraged the Center’s computational and storage resources to design and test many products, such as electronics, fans, containers, fuel cells and wind deflectors.


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From Milan, Edison holds 1,093 patents, more than any other American. Three of Edison’s most famed inventions are the light bulb, the phonograph, and the kinetoscope, an early version of a film projector. Edison’s inventions forever changed the way American’s work and live.


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By 1950, Akron, Ohio was the "Rubber Capital of the World." Among the large-scale rubber producers to have factories in the area were B.F. Goodrich, Goodyear, and Firestone. Today, Ohio is #1 in glass, plastics, and rubber manufacturing. Ohio is a leader in advanced manufacturing and the state’s workforce is the third largest in the country.

Research Landscape

Ohio’s strengths in basic and applied research are broad and deep, spanning a multitude of fields, such as economics, sociology, computer science, automotive design and signal processing. This spectrum of Ohio Supercomputer Center clients encompasses many fields of study.