Ohio Supercomputer Center Chosen as a Sun Microsystems Center of Excellence for High Performance Computing Environment

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ohio Supercomputer Center

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, and PALO ALTO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) and OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) today
 announced OSC's selection as a Sun Center of Excellence in High Performance
 Computing Environments (COE-HPCE).  The Sun COE-HPCE is a collaborative
 project between OSC, The Ohio State University (OSU), University of
 Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and University of Akron.  The
 combined investment totals over $7 million.
     "Sun has chosen OSC because of its leadership in HPC, distributed
 computing, and scientific portals," said Kim Jones, Vice President, Global
 Education and Research for Sun Microsystems.  "This partnership will help
 establish a new computing paradigm for the State of Ohio, using portal-based
 interfaces so researchers can access their work from anywhere, anytime, over
 any device."
     "Being able to say that OSC is a Sun Center of Excellence builds national
 recognition for us and our collaborators," said Charlie Bender, Executive
 Director. "This grant provides us the opportunity to reach new constituencies
 to accelerate the use of information technologies and strengthen Ohio's global
 competitiveness."
     As a Sun Center of Excellence, OSC will develop and integrate science and
 business portals, focusing on life science applications.  A collaborative
 testbed infrastructure and distributed storage from Sun will be available to
 researchers working on a variety of applications.  Major Sun installations
 will be linked throughout Ohio over OSC's Internet2 network to allow
 researchers and industry partners to experiment with high performance
 computing applications.  In addition, Sun's visualization technology will
 allow users to "see" the results of their research.
     "This announcement is an important recognition that higher education is
 the economic engine of the 21st century. We are grateful to Sun Microsystems
 for its partnership in ensuring that Ohio's research and technology
 infrastructure continues to strengthen our state's intellectual and economic
 competitiveness," said Roderick Chu, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor.
     "The Sun Center will add to Ohio's tools to become a leader in important
 research growth areas such as bioinformatics, genomics and computational
 chemistry," said Frank Samuel, Ohio's Science and Technology Advisor to the
 Governor.  "Sun's investment demonstrates that Ohio's sustained program of
 investment in university-based science and technology has allowed it to reap
 rewards and recognition by major industry leaders in the technologies of the
 future."
     For both bioinformatics and cheminformatics researchers, Sun's computing
 resources will be used to generate and contribute to the wealth of chemical
 and genomic information.  Ohio researchers, including those from OSU's Medical
 Center, will be able to use the computing and storage power of the OSC Center
 of Excellence to develop better tools to deal with disease.  Cincinnati
 Children's Hospital, a planned distributed center, is already exploring high
 performance computing to deal with pediatrics and disease.
     "UC is committed to excelling in research areas like biogenetic sciences
 and nanotechnology, as well as multidisciplinary efforts addressing cancer
 research, systems modeling, and bioengineering," said Joseph Steger,
 University of Cincinnati President.  "We welcome the opportunity to share
 genomic information and resources with our Children's Hospital."
     Thomas Board, MD, Chairman of the UC Department of Pediatrics, added,
 "Without these tools, the scientific advancements in genomic-medicine will
 never be fully realized.  We are grateful to the Ohio Board of Regents and Sun
 Microsystems for their support of our efforts in pediatric genomic-medicine.
 With this support, we look forward to accelerating the pace at which we find
 cures for the diseases that affect our children."
     Business applications will be driven by the interests of business partners
 and by the expected development of a Center for Global Business Information
 Management and Computational Modeling at the University of Akron.
     Bruce Barnes, Nationwide Vice President of Technology Strategy and
 Planning, commented, "The creation and development of a Sun COE-HPCE center in
 our own backyard, leverages the proven strengths of the regional technology
 community, and one of our key technology solutions providers will definitely
 be an asset to Nationwide as we further our business-centered technology
 research initiatives."
     The Center of Excellence will also allow a variety of industry and
 business partners from around the U.S. to experiment with distributed
 management and portal technologies.
     "The Sun COE-HPCE testbed could provide an attractive way for us to
 benchmark and demonstrate the viability of new technologies and approaches in
 a non-production high performance Internet2 network environment," said Robert
 DePalma, Strategic Accounts Executive for Exodus.
 
     Sun In Education
     Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions for colleges
 and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high
 performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and
 student instruction systems.  In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the
 world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools
 and extending to all levels of higher education.  For information about Sun in
 Education, please visit http://www.sun.com/edu .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The
 Computer," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq:   SUNW), to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com
 their  businesses.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in
 more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     About OSC
     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.  OSC empowers its academic, industrial, and government
 partners to make Ohio the education and technology state of the future.
 
     About CHMC/UC
     Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati's
 Department of Pediatrics are leaders in pediatric care and research.  The
 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents and Sun Microsystems will create the
 first supercomputing center in the U.S. dedicated to pediatric research.  The
 Medical Center's 350 researchers and other researchers in the region now have
 these tools available to support their scientific discovery.
 
 

SOURCE Ohio Supercomputer Center
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, and PALO ALTO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) and OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) today
 announced OSC's selection as a Sun Center of Excellence in High Performance
 Computing Environments (COE-HPCE).  The Sun COE-HPCE is a collaborative
 project between OSC, The Ohio State University (OSU), University of
 Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and University of Akron.  The
 combined investment totals over $7 million.
     "Sun has chosen OSC because of its leadership in HPC, distributed
 computing, and scientific portals," said Kim Jones, Vice President, Global
 Education and Research for Sun Microsystems.  "This partnership will help
 establish a new computing paradigm for the State of Ohio, using portal-based
 interfaces so researchers can access their work from anywhere, anytime, over
 any device."
     "Being able to say that OSC is a Sun Center of Excellence builds national
 recognition for us and our collaborators," said Charlie Bender, Executive
 Director. "This grant provides us the opportunity to reach new constituencies
 to accelerate the use of information technologies and strengthen Ohio's global
 competitiveness."
     As a Sun Center of Excellence, OSC will develop and integrate science and
 business portals, focusing on life science applications.  A collaborative
 testbed infrastructure and distributed storage from Sun will be available to
 researchers working on a variety of applications.  Major Sun installations
 will be linked throughout Ohio over OSC's Internet2 network to allow
 researchers and industry partners to experiment with high performance
 computing applications.  In addition, Sun's visualization technology will
 allow users to "see" the results of their research.
     "This announcement is an important recognition that higher education is
 the economic engine of the 21st century. We are grateful to Sun Microsystems
 for its partnership in ensuring that Ohio's research and technology
 infrastructure continues to strengthen our state's intellectual and economic
 competitiveness," said Roderick Chu, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor.
     "The Sun Center will add to Ohio's tools to become a leader in important
 research growth areas such as bioinformatics, genomics and computational
 chemistry," said Frank Samuel, Ohio's Science and Technology Advisor to the
 Governor.  "Sun's investment demonstrates that Ohio's sustained program of
 investment in university-based science and technology has allowed it to reap
 rewards and recognition by major industry leaders in the technologies of the
 future."
     For both bioinformatics and cheminformatics researchers, Sun's computing
 resources will be used to generate and contribute to the wealth of chemical
 and genomic information.  Ohio researchers, including those from OSU's Medical
 Center, will be able to use the computing and storage power of the OSC Center
 of Excellence to develop better tools to deal with disease.  Cincinnati
 Children's Hospital, a planned distributed center, is already exploring high
 performance computing to deal with pediatrics and disease.
     "UC is committed to excelling in research areas like biogenetic sciences
 and nanotechnology, as well as multidisciplinary efforts addressing cancer
 research, systems modeling, and bioengineering," said Joseph Steger,
 University of Cincinnati President.  "We welcome the opportunity to share
 genomic information and resources with our Children's Hospital."
     Thomas Board, MD, Chairman of the UC Department of Pediatrics, added,
 "Without these tools, the scientific advancements in genomic-medicine will
 never be fully realized.  We are grateful to the Ohio Board of Regents and Sun
 Microsystems for their support of our efforts in pediatric genomic-medicine.
 With this support, we look forward to accelerating the pace at which we find
 cures for the diseases that affect our children."
     Business applications will be driven by the interests of business partners
 and by the expected development of a Center for Global Business Information
 Management and Computational Modeling at the University of Akron.
     Bruce Barnes, Nationwide Vice President of Technology Strategy and
 Planning, commented, "The creation and development of a Sun COE-HPCE center in
 our own backyard, leverages the proven strengths of the regional technology
 community, and one of our key technology solutions providers will definitely
 be an asset to Nationwide as we further our business-centered technology
 research initiatives."
     The Center of Excellence will also allow a variety of industry and
 business partners from around the U.S. to experiment with distributed
 management and portal technologies.
     "The Sun COE-HPCE testbed could provide an attractive way for us to
 benchmark and demonstrate the viability of new technologies and approaches in
 a non-production high performance Internet2 network environment," said Robert
 DePalma, Strategic Accounts Executive for Exodus.
 
     Sun In Education
     Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions for colleges
 and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high
 performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and
 student instruction systems.  In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the
 world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools
 and extending to all levels of higher education.  For information about Sun in
 Education, please visit http://www.sun.com/edu .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The
 Computer," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq:   SUNW), to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com
 their  businesses.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in
 more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     About OSC
     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.  OSC empowers its academic, industrial, and government
 partners to make Ohio the education and technology state of the future.
 
     About CHMC/UC
     Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati's
 Department of Pediatrics are leaders in pediatric care and research.  The
 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents and Sun Microsystems will create the
 first supercomputing center in the U.S. dedicated to pediatric research.  The
 Medical Center's 350 researchers and other researchers in the region now have
 these tools available to support their scientific discovery.
 
 SOURCE  Ohio Supercomputer Center