Carnegie Mellon University
November 18, 2020

COVID-19 & Neutron-Star Science using PSC Supercomputers Recognized in Separate 2020 HPCwire Awards

17th Annual HPCwire Awards Presented to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

Artificial intelligence (AI) studies spanning from the tiny to the huge—from small molecules for fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus to the enormous forces between colliding neutron stars—and powered by PSC, have received separate HPCwire Editors’ Choice Awards this year. PSC has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented digitally during the virtual 2020 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC20) via

The list of winners was revealed and is accessible through the HPCwire virtual booth, and on the HPCwire website, PSC was recognized for:

  • Editors’ Choice: Best Use of High-Performance Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence
    Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University used PSC’s Bridges and Bridges-AI supercomputing platforms to apply the awesome power of AI to the quantum mechanics of small molecules targeting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Their new method will accelerate and improve the accuracy of screening new candidate drugs against the virus that causes COVID-19. The time on PSC’s computers was awarded to the researchers through the national COVID-19 HPC (High-Performance Computing) Consortium, of which PSC is a leading member. You can find more about PSC’s COVID-19 work here.
  • Editors’ Choice: Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences
    AI, a major focus at PSC, was at the center of another awarded project. PSC shares the award with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, whose scientists used PSC’s Bridges to get a correction factor that will allow much faster simulations of neutron star collisions for the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave observatories. PSC also shares the award with the Texas Advanced Computing Center, whose Stampede2 supercomputer created the simulations analyzed by an AI program running on PSC’s Bridges. The project’s computing time was awarded through the National Science Foundation’s XSEDE network of supercomputing centers. You can find more about recent neutron-star-merger science at PSC here.

Read more about the HPCwire Awards to PSC (Google Docs link).