PSSC Laboratories' Supercomputers Assist Fire Litigation
Western Fire Center, Inc. Employs PSSC Clusters to Perform Predictive
Modeling of Fire Phenomena
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 1, 2003 - PSSC Labs announced the delivery of two
Linux-based clusters to be used by Western Fire Center Inc. The
clusters, running Intel Xeon processors, will enable predictive modeling
to help ascertain the causes and effects of fires that are involved in
litigation more quickly.
Western Fire Center, Inc. (WFCi) of Kelso, Washington is a fire testing
and research laboratory that provides fire testing services and
frequently acts as an expert witness for high-profile fire litigations
such as the ValuJet 592 incident in Florida and more recently WFCi was
retained for work on the Great White nightclub fire in Rhode Island.
"This powerful new tool from PSSC Labs will help us to solve complex
fire dynamics simulations more rapidly which leads to a much shorter
turn around time between runs.," said Bryan Klein, Technical Manager of
Modeling and Animation Department for WFCi, who is responsible for
operation of both clusters. Bryan also commented that "PSSC labs
exceeded our expectations in many ways, best of all; they delivered our
cluster ahead of schedule. Ordering through PSSC has already saved us
PSSC Labs' cluster will be used to perform computational fluid dynamics
and more specifically, WFCi will run the most recent version of the
National Institute of Standards and Technology's Fire Dynamics Simulator
to complete accurate fire modeling. The cluster will function as a true
parallel machine, conducting distributed computing of multi-block node
Alex Lesser, Vice President of PSSC Labs stated, "We're happy to assist
Western Fire with their important efforts in fire modeling, if our
computers can help them figure out what went wrong then perhaps they can
help prevent future disasters."
The first sets of PSSC clusters contain a total of twenty-eight Intel
Xeon 2.4 GHz processors with a total aggregate memory of 28GBs. The high
speed node interconnection is powered by Intel's 10/100/1000 Gigabit
network adapters. Additionally, PSSC's custom software suite will
optimize the performance of the system and improve manageability.
About PSSC Labs
PSSC Labs provides high performance workstations, servers and Beowulf
Supercomputing solutions to the world's most prestigious and demanding
organizations. Since 1989, these organizations have relied upon PSSC
Labs for solutions to their High Performance Computing and High Speed
Interconnect needs. Each system is custom configured to our customers'
specific requirements, be it scientific research, visualization,
real-time simulations or financial modeling. PSSC Labs' knowledge of
hardware, LINUX software, cluster management tools and unsurpassed
lifetime support ensure that PSSC Labs customers receive the best
possible solution at the most competitive price. For complete details
please call PSSC Labs at 949-380-7288 or visit www.pssclabs.com.
About Western Fire
Western Fire Center, Inc. (WFCi) is located in Kelso, WA and is the only
private fire testing and research laboratory in the US on the west
coast. WFCi offers a range of fire related services from ICC-ES
accredited standardized fire resistance testing, to custom design full
scale litigation testing and complex fire dynamics simulation /
visualization. WFCi can be reached at 800-423-1474 or via the internet
at www.westernfire.com. All trademarks mentioned herein are the property
of their respective owners.