The emergence and spread of the new respiratory Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a Public Health Emergency in the United States on Jan. 31, 2020. The outbreak, now a pandemic, has catalyzed significant activity by federal, state and local governments; the healthcare community; residents across the country; and people around the world. This is not the first emerging infectious disease event that the world will face, nor will it be the last.

When I say, “Hi, I’m from the Ohio Supercomputer Center,” the usual response is, “I didn’t know that there was an Ohio Supercomputer Center!” That’s a reasonable reaction, because most Ohioans aren’t involved in academic or commercial research, so their need for high performance computing (HPC) is understandably limited.

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As an educator, I feel that it is important to help young people develop an understanding and appreciation of science and technology. It is also important that all students should be introduced to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. Yet the U.S. Census Bureau reports that women remain underrepresented in STEM fields, particularly in computer science and engineering occupations. If we are to increase the number of women in STEM fields then we should make sure that girls are given ample opportunities to explore science and technology.

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A number of IT writers and experts have forecasted a high turnover industry-wide among CIOs and their staffs in 2014. ... Many of the same factors behind the corporate shake-ups also have increased the churn at the CIO desks of an unusually higher number of colleges and universities across Ohio. In 2014, we’ll see new faces at many of our member institutions, ...

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The staff of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is heading west again this year (Salt Lake City last year; Denver this year) to attend SC13, the premier international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. The staff will have a brand new booth to call "home away from home," and they will be introducing the HPC industry to a brand new industrial engagement initiative.

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As noted in this blog just a few weeks ago, the Ohio Supercomputer Center has launched a new program to foster the creation of advanced manufacturing apps to facilitate adoption of modeling and simulation by small and medium-sized businesses. Known as AweSim, the initiative is a collaborative effort of OSC, P&G, Intel, AltaSim Technologies, TotalSim USA, Kinetic Vision and Nimbis Services. I’m very excited about the potential of this new program, but industrial engagement efforts are nothing new to OSC.