Bridges Approach

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Welcome to Bridges

Bridges is a uniquely capable resource for empowering new research communities and bringing together HPC, AI and Big Data.


The Approach to Bridges

Bridges is designed to support familiar, convenient software and environments for both traditional and non-traditional HPC users. Its richly-connected set of interacting systems offers exceptional flexibility for data analytics, simulation, workflows and gateways, leveraging interactivity, parallel computing, Spark and Hadoop.

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Get access to Bridges

Getting started on Bridges is easy; just choose your on-ramp

Using Bridges

Visit the User Guide for detailed instructions on accessing and using Bridges.

Account Administration

Check your usage, add a user, request VMs and other account specific functions.


Check our FAQ for more information.

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Unlike traditional HPC systems, Bridges enables you to work interactively as you would on your laptop.

Virtual Machines

Virtualization provides a dedicated space for interactivity and allows you to customize your software and environments.


Gateways allow you to launch jobs, orchestrate complex workflows and manage data from your browsers.


Bridges’ dedicated database nodes power persistent relational and NoSQL databases so they are always available to you.


Unlike traditional supercomputers, Bridges supports Hadoop and Spark, modern tools that enable processing of large data sets in distributed computing environments

Web Servers

Web Server Nodes host gateways to community applications and provide access to community datasets..


Graphical Processing Units accelerate a wide range of application.

Extreme Memory

Bridges’ very large shared memory is excellent for memory-intensive applications such as machine learning, graph analytics, genome sequence assembly and in-memory databases.


A robust collection of applications and tools allows you to focus on analysis instead of coding.

Data Collections

Your research is supported by rapid access to both public data collections and those you host on Bridges for the use of your project or collaboration.


PSC’s experts can optimize the transfer of your large data sets to Bridges’ available Petabytes of storage at no charge.

User Support

Through PSC’s own consulting staff and the XSEDE ECSS program, experts with mastery in a variety of HPC areas stand ready to help you advance your research.

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The communities represented here are not all inclusive of the communities we expect Bridges to serve. Because Bridges is a uniquely capable resource it will empower new research communities and bring together HPC and Big Data in new ways. How will you use Bridges? Here are a few possibilities: Regular memory nodes; Persistent databases; AI and deep learning software; Extreme shared memory nodes; Hosted data collections; Gateways; Application packages; GPUs; Hadoop and Spark environments for data mining and machine learning tasks.

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Learn more

For more information about getting started on Bridges, see the “Applying for a Bridges account” FAQ. If you would like to hear more about Bridges’ capabilities or discuss how you can take advantage of Bridges, call us at 412-268-4960 or email