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A Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Resource

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Welcome to Bridges

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

 

  • Getting Started

  • Tools & Services

  • Communities / Use Cases


Apply to Bridges

Getting started on Bridges is easy with a startup allocation through XSEDE. 


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.


Help

Check our FAQ for more information.


Interactivity

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

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


Databases

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


Spark/Hadoop

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..


GPUs

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.


Software

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.


Networking

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.

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.

FAQs

We hope the following information will help you understand what Bridges is and how you can use this unique resource in your research. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

  • Is Bridges a good fit for my research?

    Because Bridges is a uniquely capable resource it will empower diverse research communities and bring together HPC and Big Data in new ways. Here are a few examples of what researchers are using Bridges for: 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.
  • What is Bridges' hardware architecture?

    Bridges will comprise 3 classes of compute nodes with additional dedicated nodes for databases, webservers and data transfer. Several types of filesystems with different functions will be available. Bridges components will be interconnected by the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. More information on Bridges hardware architecture can be found here.
  • When can I apply?

    Requests for Startup allocations are accepted at any time. They are the easiest way to get started with XSEDE resources and are recommended for all new XSEDE users. See XSEDE Allocations page for more information. Requests for Research allocations are accepted four times a year: Mar 15 - Apr 15, Jun 15 - Jul 15, Sep 15 - Oct 15, Dec 15 - Jan 15
  • How can I apply?

    Request an allocation on Bridges through the XSEDE User Portal. You will need to create an XSEDE portal account before you can apply if you don't already have one.
  • Where can I get more information?

    Additional FAQs can be found on our FAQ page. If you would like to hear more about Bridges' capabilities or discuss how you can take advantage of Bridges in your research, call us at 412-268-4960 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..