Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center 

Advancing the state-of-the-art in high-performance computing,
communications and data analytics.

PSC Collaborations

PSC staff are involved in collaborative research projects with scientists in many different fields.


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise.

PSC staff lead the XSEDE efforts in the areas of Systems & Software Engineering, Networking,  Allocations, Advanced User Support Services, Novel and Innovative Projects, and Outreach.

For more information, see www.xsede.org.

Acknowledgement(s): To reference XSEDE, use the follwoing citation.

This work used the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which is supported by National Science Foundation grant number OCI-1053575 [Citation]

[Citation] John Towns, Timothy Cockerill, Maytal Dahan, Ian Foster, Kelly Gaither, Andrew Grimshaw, Victor Hazlewood, Scott Lathrop, Dave Lifka, Gregory D. Peterson, Ralph Roskies, J. Ray Scott, Nancy Wilkens-Diehr, "XSEDE: Accelerating Scientific Discovery", Computing in Science & Engineering, vol.16, no. 5, pp. 62-74, Sept.-Oct. 2014, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2014.80

Epidemiology Research

PSC staff from several groups are actively involved in epidemiology research with scientists from the University of Pittsburgh.

See more about PSC and epidemiology research.

Brain networking

PSC scientists Art Wetzel and Greg Hood co-authored a paper on brain anatomy with researchers from the Harvard Medical School and Center for Brain Science. This paper was featured as the cover story in the March 10 issue of Nature, the international weekly journal of science.

See more about this research in the Projects in Scientific Computing 2011 issue.


Art Wetzel, PSC principal computer scientist,collaborated with David Bear of Carnegie Mellon's Studio for Creative Inquiry (SCI) to create the first Pittsburgh Gigapanorama.

See more about this in the News Center.


The Advanced Networking group at PSC conducts research on network performance and analysis in support of high-performance computing.  One important collaboration they are currently leading is the Web10G project.  It  promises innovations in performance, stability, optimization, and network diagnostics  to anyone who wants to fully exploit modern high bandwidth connections.  By adding instrumentation to the TCP software in the Linux kernel, Web10G will make it possible for any user to get real-time statistics about every network connection on a host machine.

In addition to calculating statistics, users will be able to modify some TCP parameters to fine-tune connection characteristics.

For more information, see web10g.org.

To see additional projects that Advanced Networking is involved in, visit the Advanced Networking page.

The Advanced Networking group also authors numerous papers in networking research.

Super Computing Science Consortium

The Super Computing Science Consortium, or (SC)², is a regional partnership of research and educational institutions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (SC)² provides intellectual leadership and advanced computing and communications resources to solve problems in energy and the environment and to stimulate regional high-technology development and education.

Scientific Applications

The Scientific Applications and User Support group at PSC promotes groundbreaking scientific research through efficient and inventive use of PSC resources. They often collaborate with scientists, providing  expertise in scientific computing in research.

See more about Scientific Applications and User Support.

High-Performance Computing

The Advanced Systems group conducts research on high-performance computing systems.

Biomedical Computing

The Biomedical Applications Group, supported by the NIH, pursues leading edge research in high performance computing and the life sciences, and fosters exchange between PSC expertise in computational science and biomedical researchers nationwide.