Allocation and Affiliation Information
PSC welcomes resource requests for allocations of supercomputing time from qualified scientists, engineers, and science educators, and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in its research and research-related programs.
The policies documented here are evaluated regularly to assure adequate and responsible administration of PSC systems for users. As such, they are subject to change at any time.
PSC contracts with U.S. and foreign institutions for the direct purchase of supercomputing time for proprietary research. Users conducting proprietary research who are interested in using PSC systems can do so by establishing an affiliation through the center's Corporate Affiliates Program.
Funding from the NSF and the NIH enables PSC to provide allocations of free supercomputing time to researchers and educators affiliated with academic and non-profit research institutions in the United States. Projects must be nonproprietary and awardees are wholly responsible for conducting their research project activities and preparing results for publication.
To apply, you must be a researcher or educator at a US academic or non-profit research institution. A principal investigator (PI) may not be a high school, undergraduate or graduate student; a qualified advisor must serve in this capacity. Postdocs are eligible to serve as PI.
Researchers or educators affiliated with academic or non-profit research institutions in the United States may apply to use PSC resources through the NSF's XSEDE program.
Allocations are given in three categories:
- Start-up allocations, which explore the use of high-performance computing in research
- Research allocations, which support projects that have progressed beyond the startup phase and are performing production-level investigations in pursuit of their research objectives.
- Coursework allocations, which supplement educational activities from workshops to semester courses that benefit from the use of high-performance computing
Start-up and Research allocations are managed through the XSEDE program. Resource requests are reviewed and allocations are awarded on regular intervals throughout the year. You must request Start-up and Research allocations through the XSEDE portal. You will need an XSEDE portal account to request an allocation; if you don't already have one, you can create one on the XSEDE portal site. For specific deadlines and additional information, see the XSEDE web site.
See the Coursework section below for information on Coursework allocations.
A primary mission of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is to train students, including undergraduates, in high performance computing. To this end, PSC offers Coursework allocations which are grants of free supercomputing time to supplement other teaching tools.
Typically, Coursework allocations have been used in heavily quantitative subjects, such as numerical methods, computational fluid dynamics, and computational chemistry. But we encourage all fields, including the social sciences and humanities, to take advantage of Coursework allocations.
Requests for non-biomedical Coursework accounts should be made through XSEDE.
Requests for biomedical Coursework accounts should be made through the PSC grant application site.