Hopkins/PSC Study: Drug-Resistance Registry Reduces Spread of Infection

May 9, 2019

A registry of patients with antibiotic-resistant infections featuring automated alerts can reduce infection prevalence, according to a study by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, PSC and elswhere. A simulation of 462 hospitals and other health care facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area suggests that near-perfect facility participation can reduce new carriers of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) by nearly 12 percent and CRE prevalence by almost 8 percent. Even low participation (25 percent of Illinois facilities) reduced new carriers by over 9 percent and prevalence by almost 3 percent, as non-participating institutions benefited from shared cases being identified.

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PSC Hosts West Virginia University Supercomputer

April 2, 2019

West Virginia University (WVU), in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has announced the creation of one of the state’s most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. The Thorny Flat High-Performance Computer Cluster, named after the state’s second highest peak, joins WVU’s Spruce Knob cluster as resources. With 1,000 times more computing power than a desktop computer, the Thorny Flat cluster could benefit a variety research: forest hydrology; genetic studies; forensic chemistry of firearms; modeling of solar-to-chemical energy harvesting; and design and discovery of new materials.

Thorny Flat is the latest step in an ongoing regional partnership with PSC. The partnership has contributed greatly to the Morgantown-Pittsburgh corridor’s status as a hub for technological and scientific progress. The system will be housed in PSC’s machine room, and the center will provide routine maintenance and support for scientists using it.

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Nystrom Named PSC Chief Scientist

Will Serve as Principal Scientific and Technical Adviser to PSC Director

March 14, 2019

Nicholas Nystrom has been named chief scientist of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). In this newly created position, Nystrom will serve as the principal scientific and technical adviser to the PSC’s director and will be the primary authority for the technical content of the center's science and technology portfolio. He will coordinate all research proposals and ensure the PSC’s continued collaboration with key partners.

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Alan D. George Named Interim Director of PSC

Feb. 27, 2019

Alan D. George, PhD, the Ruth and Howard Mickle Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and department chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been named the interim director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

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