Local, Expert-Supported Access to the World’s Most Advanced Computing Infrastructure.
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh since 1986, provides faculty and students in the Pittsburgh area with access to the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. PSC’s technical staff has years of experience in applications and systems software design and implementation, quantitative analysis, advanced consulting, and delivering high-quality training. They are available to discuss faculty members' needs and to guide them to the best solution drawing upon the resources of PSC and of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE, www.xsede.org) of which PSC is a leading partner.
State-of-the-Art Computing By PSC
PSC architects and operates a sophisticated facility that includes high-performance computing (HPC) systems, high-speed parallel filesystems, and leading-edge networking.
Computing: PSC’s flagship HPC system, Blacklight, is the world’s largest shared-memory system. Its familiar Linux operating system and versatile programming models make Blacklight as easy to use as a PC with up to 16TB of RAM. Yet Blacklight also enables massively parallel tasks using up to 4096 cores and 32 TB of memory.
Active Storage: Serving PSC’s high-end computing systems are an integrated high-performance Lustre parallel filesystem and an innovative, ultrafast archiver. Together, they offer high-capacity (multi-petabyte), robust, secure, low-latency, high-bandwidth access to data. Integration of short-term storage with an ultrafast archiver enables unique approaches to analyzing large-scale data that grows over time.
Networking: Network facilities at PSC consist of production and research LAN, MAN, and WAN infrastructures. PSC’s WAN connections are provided by 3ROX, a regional network aggregation point operated and managed by PSC to provide cost effective, high capacity, state-of-the-art network connectivity to the university community.
Applications: PSC hosts advanced, scalable applications and software infrastructure to support engineering, science,and analytics. Applications are supported by PSC’s domain experts, who add value through integration, optimization, consulting and training.
Training Facilities: PSC operates a state-of-the-art facility for hands-on training. It provides 30 dual-boot Linux/Windows workstations with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and world-wide videoconferencing support. A connected lecture hall provides space for up to 100 participants.
Integrated Advanced Digital Services By XSEDE
Building on its experience and reputation as a national supercomputing center since 1986, PSC is a leading partner in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE, www.xsede.org), the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. In addition to the resources and services operated by PSC itself, XSEDE offers local faculty and students an integrated portfolio of supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources and expertise across the country. PSC staff experts lead many of the nationwide XSEDE teams and can guide local faculty in understanding how to benefit from XSEDE resources and services. These include:
- Peer-reviewed, no-cost allocation of XSEDE resources, including PSC’s.
- The XSEDE User Portal, a web interface that allows users to monitor and access XSEDE resources, manage jobs on those resources, report issues, and analyze and visualize results.
- Advanced cybersecurity to ensure that XSEDE resources and services are easily accessible to users but protected against attack.
- An advanced hardware and software architecture rooted in user requirements and hardened by systems engineering that allows for individualized user experiences, consistent and enduring software interfaces, improved data management, and ways for campus resources to be transparently integrated into the overall XSEDE infrastructure.
- A powerful and extensible network in which each XSEDE service provider is connected to a Chicago-based hub at 10 gigabits per second and has a second 10 gigabit per second connection to another national research and education network.
- Extended Collaborative Support by staff experts for application development by individual research groups or wider communities.
- Training, Education, and Outreach programs that expand participation in XSEDE-based projects, curriculum development, and training opportunities.
- The Campus Champions program, which enables faculty and campus IT staff to work closely with XSEDE staff to support the XSEDE user community on their campus.
- The Technology Insertion Service, which enables community members to request or recommend new technologies for inclusion in the XSEDE infrastructure and enables the XSEDE team to evaluate those technologies and incorporate them as appropriate.