First PSC Supercomputer Powered on 35 Years Ago

This week the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) celebrated the 35th anniversary of its first supercomputer!

The National Science Board approved funding for PSC on Jan. 17, 1986. The center’s first computer, a CRAY X-MP/48, was dedicated on June 9 of that year. Today’s smartphones have more computing power than that first Cray; PSC’s flagship system today, Bridges-2, is over 2 million times faster, and offers advanced capabilities far beyond improved speed. Thank you to our staff, users, and supporters for 35 wonderful years!

Meet the Interns!

PSC is excited to introduce our 3 summer interns who will be helping this summer with graphic design, computing software, and biomedical research. Join us in welcoming these bright young students to the team!

PSC Systems Power DNA-Based Identification of Surface, Airborne Microbes Worldwide

Dangerous microbes can emerge with little warning. Using PSC’s advanced research computers, a team of scientists led from Weill Cornell Medicine has undertaken a vast analysis of microbial DNA in thousands of urban air and surface samples worldwide. The results revealed city-specific “fingerprints” of bacteria and viruses. They also gave us a first look at the population of dangerous antibiotic-resistance-conveying genes across the globe, as well as thousands of previously undiscovered species in the urban microbial world.

Staff Spotlight: Lucille Jarzynka

Lucille is PSC’s Administrative Analyst. In her position she analyzes the monthly PSC Effort report, is Program Manager for the XCI Office of XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration and is assistant to PSC staff, where she provides help with travel plans, registrations, and the like.

PSC Superpower: Patience and humility

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint computational research center with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. 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 research.

PSC Coronavirus Updates

With the nation—and the world—disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) would like to offer our wishes for safety and health for all. To do our part in protecting the country’s wellbeing, we have been working with a national alliance of high-performance computing resources called the COVID-19 HPC Consortium.


Upcoming Events

Introducing Bridges-2

Bridges-2, PSC's newest supercomputer, funded by a $10-million grant from the National Science Foundation, is up and running!  

Featured Projects

Brain Image Library