The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in Oakland has received the 2009 HPCwire Reader's Choice Award for Top Supercomputing Achievement, which recognizes the center's work as part of the National Institutes of Health's Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study project.
The study supported research to simulate the spread of disease and evaluate intervention strategies.
Shawn Brown, a scientist with the center, used project results to model the spread of H1N1 virus in various locales, including the United States, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and Allegheny County. The modeling helps policy-makers and public-health officials evaluate the effectiveness of such mitigation strategies as vaccination and school closures.
In his work, Dr. Brown collaborated with the Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence, led by Dr. Donald Burke of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, to study the fundamental questions about the behavioral, environmental and evolutionary factors underlying infectious disease epidemics to develop real-time models for particular localities, cities and states.