NSF funds $10 million expansion to Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

On the morning of July 9, the National Science Foundation announced a $10 million dollar grant to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to fund a new piece of cutting-edge hardware for the local research institutions. Known as Bridges-2, the machine, currently under construction by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, will specialize in artificial intelligence and machine learning and is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2020.

“Unlocking the power of data will accelerate discovery to advance science, improve our quality of life and enhance national competitiveness,” said Nick Nystrom, PSC’s chief scientist. Founded in 1986, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a collaboration between researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University that provides massive computational power to researchers across the nation.

Alan D. George, interim director of the PSC, said the new machine will benefit both the wider scientific community and Pittsburgh’s particular research sector. “PSC is unique in combining the strengths of two world-class universities,” said George. “Bridges-2 will amplify these strengths to fuel many new discoveries.” The announcement further cements Pittsburgh’s status as a global leader in machine learning and AI.

Written by Bill O'Toole

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