San Diego Supercomputer Center Timeline

35 Years of Turning Data to Discovery

2020

07

Nov

SDSC Deploys ‘Expanse’ Supercomputer

SDSC deploys Expanse in late 2020, the result of a five-year NSF grant to build an advanced supercomputer specifically designed to advance research that is increasingly dependent upon heterogeneous and distributed resources. At over twice the performance of Comet, Expanse supports SDSC’s theme of ‘Computing without Boundaries’ with a data-centric architecture and state-of-the art GPUs […]

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10

Sep

SDSC Helps Create Science Gateway for New Materials Discovery

SDSC begins work on developing the X-ray Imaging of Microstructures Gateway (XIMG) to make it possible for material sciences researchers to study the behavior of new and existing materials using X-ray diffraction. Funded by the NSF, XIMG will provide toolkits for visualization, modeling, and simulation at the mesoscale and nanoscale levels, according to SDSC Biologist […]

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01

Sep

CloudBank Portal Debuts to Simplify Researcher Access to Public Clouds

CloudBank, the result of a five-year, $5 million NSF grant awarded in mid-2019, enters production in August 2020. SDSC and UC San Diego’s Information Technology Services Division are part of this pilot program by the NSF to explore how to incorporate public cloud resources into its programs in a scalable and cost-effective way. Additional collaborators […]

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01

Jul

SDSC Awarded $5 Million to Develop Innovative AI Resource

National Science Foundation Grant Makes ‘Voyager’ the First-of-its-Kind System. SDSC receives a $5 million NSF grant to develop a high-performance experimental resource for conducting artificial intelligence (AI) research numerous science and engineering domains. Called Voyager, the system will be the first-of-its-kind available in the NSF’s resource portfolio. SDSC established the AI Technology Lab (AITL) in […]

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08

Apr

COVID-19 Research Uses SDSC Resources & Expertise

As the U.S. and other countries work to mitigate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, SDSC contributes by providing researchers priority access to its high-performance computer (HPC) systems and other resources to advance our understanding of the virus. Access to SDSC’s Comet supercomputer was coordinated through the COVID-19 HPC […]

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2019

19

Nov

SDSC, Wisconsin U IceCube Center Conduct Landmark GPU Cloudburst Experiment

Researchers at SDSC and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison conduct a bold experiment that marshalls all globally available-for-sale GPUs across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and the Google Cloud Platform. The relatively short time span of the experiment showed the ability to conduct a massive amount […]

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08

Oct

KC Claffy Inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

KC Claffy, director of the Center for Applied Data Analysis (CAIDA) based at SDSC, is inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for her pioneering work in the area of internet measurement and analysis. Claffy and her team developed infrastructure and methodologies for large-scale internet data collection, analysis, and distribution around the world. Read more […]

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03

Sep

SDSC and Partners Awarded $5.9 Million to Host EarthCube Office

SDSC and partners receive a three-year, $5.9 million NSF grant to host the EarthCube Office as part of the ongoing NSF-funded EarthCube program, aimed at transforming geoscience research by creating an advanced cyberinfrastructure to further access, sharing, visualization, and analysis of geosciences data and resources. SDSC is the lead institution for the grant, with Christine […]

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05

Jun

HUBzero Moves to SDSC under Sustainable Scientific Software Director Michael Zentner

HUBzero, an open source software platform that hosts analytical tools and shares resources via a single web-based ecosystem, moves to SDSC with the appointment of Michael Zentner as director of  sustainable scientific software. Zentner joins SDSC after nine years with Purdue University, and is also named lead of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). Read […]

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2018

12

Jul

NSF’s IceCube Observatory Finds First Evidence of Cosmic Neutrino Source

An international team of scientists at the NSF-funded IceCube Neutrino Observatory use Comet and the Open Science Grid among other resources to find the first evidence of a source of cosmic neutrinos that travel billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. “We have never before used multi-messenger astrophysics […]

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23

Apr

Variants in Non-Coding DNA Contribute to Inherited Autism Risk

Comet is used by UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers to accelerate the processing and analysis of whole human genomes to detect variants in non-coding DNA that contribute to inherited autism risk. The findings, published in Science, are led by Jonathan Sebat, a professor of psychiatry, cellular and molecular medicine, and pediatrics Read more […]

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2017

04

Dec

Earthquake Codes Used in Gordon Bell Prize Winning Research

A Chinese team of researchers use an open-source code developed by researchers at SDSC and the Southern California Earthquake Center to win the Gordon Bell prize for simulating the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, China. Read more at SDSC News Center

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03

Oct

LIGO Nobel Prize winning research aided by Comet Supercomputer

SDSC’s Comet supercomputer assists researchers in verifying the landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago. The discovery was made using the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), which recently earned three researchers the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their detection of gravitational waves […]

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28

Jun

Novel Molecular Dynamics Captures Atomic-level Detail of CRISPR-Cas9 Activity

UC San Diego researchers use Comet and SDSC’s Triton Shared Computing Resource to develop a molecular dynamics method that for the first time identifies structural changes that activate the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-splicing technology. J. Andrew McCammon, the Joseph E. Mayer Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at UC San Diego, is the principal investigator of the study, published […]

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14

Mar

Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute to Repurpose SDSC’s ‘Gordon’ Supercomputer

SDSC and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York reach an agreement under which the majority of SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer will be used by Simons for ongoing research following completion of the system’s tenure as an NSF resource.  The Institute will conduct computationally-based research in astrophysics, biology, condensed matter physics, materials science, and other […]

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14

Mar

Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute to Repurpose SDSC’s ‘Gordon’ Supercomputer

Resource to be used for Astrophysics, Biology, Materials Research SDSC and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York reached an agreement under which the majority of SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer will be used by Simons for ongoing research following completion of the system’s tenure as a National Science Foundation (NSF) resource on March 31. Under […]

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07

Mar

UC San Diego to Develop Cyberinfrastructure for NASA’s ICESat-2 Data

“OpenAltimetry” (www.openaltimetry.org) will build upon technology that SDSC developed for its NSF-funded OpenTopography facility. SDSC and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, also at UC San Diego, were awarded a NASA ACCESS grant to develop a cyberinfrastructure platform for discovery, access, and visualization of data from NASA’s ICESat and upcoming ICESat-2 laser altimeter missions. ICESat and ICESat-2 […]

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06

Mar

SDSC Achieves Record Performance in Seismic Simulations with Intel

Researchers at SDSC develop a new seismic software package with Intel Corporation that enables the fastest seismic simulation to-date, with the goal of better predicting ground motions to save lives and minimize property damage. The latest simulations were done using a new software system called EDGE, for Extreme-Scale Discontinuous Galerkin Environment. The largest simulation used […]

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06

Mar

SDSC Achieves Record Performance in Seismic Simulations with Intel

New Software and Latest Intel Processors Help to Better Predict Earthquake Paths Researchers at SDSC developed a new seismic software package with Intel Corporation that enabled the fastest seismic simulation to-date, as the two organizations collaborate on ways to better predict ground motions to save lives and minimize property damage. The latest simulations, which mimiced […]

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2016

17

Nov

SDSC to Improve the Performance of Life Science Applications

Collaboration with Dell EMC and Intel Targets Advances in Application Performance. Spurred by the increasing reliance of life sciences researchers in the academic and private sectors on computational methods and data-enabled science, SDSC inaugurated a new life sciences computing initiative focused on improving the performance of bioinformatics applications and associated analysis pipelines on current and […]

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