Overview

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Established in 1986, PSC is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry and is a leading partner in XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the National Science Foundation cyberinfrastructure program.

PSC provides university, government and industrial researchers with access to several of the most powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data storage available to scientists and engineers nationwide for unclassified research. PSC advances the state of the art in high-performance computing, communications and data analytics and offers a flexible environment for solving the largest and most challenging problems in computational science.

State-Of-The-Art Computing

PSC architects and operates a sophisticated facility that includes high-performance computing (HPC) systems, high-speed parallel filesystems and leading-edge networking.

  • Petascale Computing and Data: PSC’s flagship HPC system, Bridges, is a uniquely capable petascale resource for empowering diverse communities by bringing together HPC and Big Data. Its richly-connected set of interacting nodes and active storage systems offers exceptional flexibility for data analytics, simulation, workflows and gateways, leveraging interactivity, parallel computing, Spark and Hadoop. For complete information go to: www.psc.edu/index.php/bridges.
  • Networking:  Network facilities at PSC consist of production and research LAN, MAN, and WAN infrastructures. PSC’s WAN connections are provided by 3ROX, a regional network aggregation point operated and managed by PSC to provide cost effective, high capacity, state-of- the-art network connectivity to the university community.
  • Applications: PSC hosts advanced, scalable applications and software infrastructure to support research, scholarship, teaching and learning in all disciplines of science, engineering, and the humanities. Applications are supported by PSC’s domain experts, who add value through integration, optimization, consulting and training.
  • Training Facilities:  PSC operates a state-of- the-art facility for hands-on training that provides 24 workstations with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and world-wide videoconferencing support. A connected lecture hall provides space for up to 100 participants.

XSEDE Integrated Advanced Digital Services

Building on its experience and reputation as a national supercomputing center since 1986, PSC is a leading partner in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. In addition to the resources and services operated by PSC, XSEDE (www.xsede.org) offers local faculty and students an integrated portfolio of supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources and expertise across the country. PSC staff experts lead many of the nationwide XSEDE teams and can guide local faculty in understanding how to benefit from XSEDE resources and services. These include:

  • Peer-reviewed, no-cost allocation of XSEDE resources, including PSC’s
  • The XSEDE User Portal, a web interface that allows users to monitor and access XSEDE resources, manage jobs on those resources, report issues, and analyze and visualize results.
  • Advanced cybersecurity to ensure XSEDE resources and services are easily accessible to users but protected against attack.
  • An advanced hardware and software architecture rooted in user requirements and hardened by systems engineering that allows for individualized user experiences, consistent and enduring software interfaces, improved data management, and ways for campus resources to be transparently integrated into the overall XSEDE infrastructure.
  • Extended Collaborative Support by staff experts for application development by individual research groups or wider communities.
  • Mentoring for projects from disciplines that traditionally have not used advanced computing.
  • Training, education, and outreach programs that expand participation in XSEDE-based projects, curriculum development, and training opportunities.
  • The Campus Champions program, which enables faculty and campus IT staff to work closely with XSEDE staff and with each other to support researchers, scholars and educators on their campus.

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