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XSEDE Garners Multiple 2021 HPCwire Editors' Choice Awards

19th Annual HPCwire Awards Given to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

St. Louis – November 15, 2021 – The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, known as XSEDE, has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards, presented at the 2021 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC21), in St. Louis. XSEDE Project Director/PI John Towns accepted Editors' Choice Awards on behalf of the project.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, XSEDE's Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education and Research (EMPOWER) program, led by Shodor Education, was recognized for Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award. The program recruited and enabled a diverse group of more than 200 student apprentices and interns who have contributed to XSEDE's computationally enabled research at U.S. universities and national laboratories.

Additionally, XSEDE was honored for Best Use of HPC in Response to Societal Plights (Urgent Computing, COVID-19). Using Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges and Bridges2 systems, allocated through XSEDE, and working for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, a team of government, industry and academic scientists created simulations of storm effects on the state's coast that will underlie Louisiana's 2023 Coastal Master Plan.

"XSEDE is once again honored to have collaborated on efforts that are incredibly important to society," Towns said. "Whether it be developing a diverse community of researchers and technical experts, or helping to better plan for crises, these efforts help to fulfill crucial elements of our mission and improve our world. We are deeply appreciative of the recognition the HPCwire readership and editors have given us."   

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community and selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community, revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high-performance computing, networking, storage and data analysis.

 "Every year, it is our pleasure to connect with and honor the HPC community through our Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards, and 2021 marked an exceptional showing of industry innovation," said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. "Between our worldwide readership of HPC experts and an unparalleled panel of editors, the Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards represent resounding recognition throughout the industry. Our congratulations go out to all of the winners."

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website ( or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #HPCwireAwards.


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment is a National Science Foundation-funded virtual organization that integrates and coordinates the sharing of advanced digital services – including supercomputers, and high-end visualization and data analysis resources – with researchers nationally to support science. Digital services provide users with seamless integration to NSF's high-performance computing and data resources. XSEDE's integrated, comprehensive suite of advanced digital services, combined with other high-end facilities and campus-based resources, serve as the foundation for a national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

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