Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 

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communications and data analytics.

PSC's Computational Resources

This page lists PSC's computational resources. For the data management options PSC provides, see the storage resources page.

Supercomputing-class resources

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BlacklightBlacklight  is an SGI Altix UV 1000 supercomputer designed for memory-limited scientific applications in fields as different as biology, chemistry, cosmology, machine learning and ecnomics. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Blacklight carries out this mission with partitions with as much as 16 Terabytes of coherent shared memory. Sherlock Sherlock is a YarcData uRiKA™ (Universal RDF Integration Knowledge Appliance) data appliance with PSC enhancements. It enables large-scale, high-performance graph analytical processing through massive multithreading (128 hardware threads per processor), a shared address space, sophisticated memory access optimizations and support for heterogeneous applications. Sherlock is funded by the NSF.
Anton is a special purpose supercomputer designed to dramatically increase the speed of molecular dynamics simulations, allowing biomedical researchers to understand the motions and interactions of proteins and other biologically important molecules over longer time periods than previously possible. Designed and built by D.E. Shaw Research (DRES), the Anton machine hosted at PSC was provided without cost by DESRES for non-commerical use by the national biomedical research community. BioU is a 3-node computational cluster containing 16 cores and 128 Gbytes of memory per node. BioU is available to researchers conducting biomedical research.
Axon is a 32-node cluster with a total of 256 cores. Most nodes contain 8 Gbytes of memory; 4 nodes have 16 Gbytes.