Pitt CRC now offers the Open OnDemand portal to connect you to high-performance computing without spending research time learning command line programming. Just log in and begin working. According to one survey measuring new users on Open OnDemand versus new users working at the command line, OnDemand users showed 76 less hours between getting an account and signing in, and 20 less hours between first logging on and running the first job. For questions contact crc.pitt.edu/UserSupport. For more information, see News & Highlights..
Note: the graphic at the left is based on a data set of median times from 1,712 Ohio Supercomputer Center accounts in 2017.
With CRC support, James Pipas and Paul Cantalupo analyze virus genomes found in mosquitoes - and in the blood meal mosquitoes draw from their prey. The mosquitoes are located, trapped, and identified using advanced drones and robotic traps in Texas, the Caribbean island of Grenada, and Tanzania. It is all part of Project Premonition, a global effort led by Microsoft Research to identify existing and emerging viruses.
Italian stamp commemorating Amadeo Avogadro alongside a molecular simulation created with his namesake visualizer.The Italian text is Avogadro's Law::"Equal volumes of gases, at the same temperature and pressure, have the same number of molecules."
Pitt CRC resources.helped create this molecular modeling image featured on the the back cover of the journal Chemical Science, depicting research by.the laboratory of John Keith, Swanson School of Engineering assistant professor of chemical engineering. PhD student Yasemin Basdogan designed the image of molecules reacting in a slowly filling cross-shaped container. She explains, “The red cross in the cover art symbolizes the medical red cross that you see on ambulances. Our model is like a paramedic team that comes with an ambulance.”
Pitt CRC collaborator Giannis Mpourmpakis approached Lubrizol Corporation engineer Cliff Kowall to apply high-performance computing simulations to viscosity creep, an engineering problem affecting the performance of lubricating fluids.The corporate engineer learned molecular modeling provided insight into persistent engineering problems.
Left: Simulation from “Computational Insights into Absorption of C4 Hydrocarbons in 2 Cation-Exchanged ZSM-12 Zeolites 3,” by Chemistry and Petroleum Engineering Assistant Professor Giannis Mpourmpakis, co-authored by Pavlo Kostetskyy.
CRC high-performance computing resources enhance the productivity of Pitt researchers - and help improve teaching. Pitt CRC research faculty consultants serve as a resource for faculty members to explore new methods to enrich student learning while preparing them for careers.
"Teaching and learning enhance CRC’s computing research mission. We play a role in helping grow the research community from the ground up."
- Barry Moore II, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Research Computing
University faculty members obtain free access to Pitt CRC resources via a streamlined submission and proposal process. Each faculty member is automatically eligible for 10,000 compute hours (or service units) on Pitt CRC computer clusters. What does 10,000 service units mean? That is roughly the equivalent of running a laptop 24/7 for a year. And the laptop never crashing.