OSC: Expanding the High Performance Computing Frontier

Columbus, Ohio -- September 19, 2000 -- For the past 12 years, OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) has made a place for itself in the world of high performance networking and computing. This year will be no exception when OSC showcases recent projects at Supercomputing 2000 (SC2000), an annual week-long national supercomputing conference. SC2000 will be held at the Dallas Convention Center in Texas on November 4-10.

OSC's theme this year is "Expanding the HPC Frontier." Research highlights span three general areas: scientific visualization, networking, and high-performance computing. OSC plans to showcase some of its work that has made a difference both nationally and in Ohio.

Simulating a temporal bone dissection is one research project OSC will highlight at SC2000. This scientific simulation has the potential to strongly impact medical procedures and instruction.

OSC Networking's latest research from ITEC-Ohio will be featured. ITEC-Ohio, led by OSC Networking (a division of OSC) and a consortium of Ohio universities and corporate partners, is one of two national testbeds for Internet2 testing and evaluation of emerging Internet technologies.

OSC's collaboration with research institutions such as East Carolina University (ECU) has opened doors to expanded technological applications. Collaborative visualization research between ECU and OSC will involve the use of an Immersadesk, a virtual reality simulator, to take SC2000 participants through a wrecked ship in the Atlantic Ocean or explore the protein in a scorpion's venom.

Many other projects will be presented as part of OSC's "Snapshot of Research in Ohio." OSC will also present details about its latest production of LINUX cluster initiatives. ECom-Ohio, which studies Ohio's readiness for global electronic commerce by measuring Internet activity for the entire state, will also be featured.

OSC, a state-supported resource, provides a reliable high performance computing and communications infrastructure for a diverse, statewide/regional community including education, academic research, industry, and state government. As a shared resource, OSC accelerates the use of information technologies to strengthen the state's attractiveness and global competitiveness.