Pitt Center for Research Computing (CRC) offers free access to two software packages that enable high-performance computing in a GUI environment. Pitt CRC has 30 licenses for FastX, a program allowing users to connect to clusters via a web browser, easing access for programs such as Ansys, Matlab, ParaView and VMD. FastX offers 5-12 GB RAM for visualization and fast access to storage.
Users connect through a desktop client (for Windows, Mac or Linux, or a browser on a PC) at viz.crc.pitt.edu using a Pitt username and password. The server is behind Pitt’s firewall, so off-campus users must be on a VPN.
Pitt CRC also offers a shared license for STATA/MP statistical software, which offers the same data analysis, data management and graphic development as conventional STATA, but configured for multicore and multiprocessor computing.
Ten core STATA/MP licenses are available for a maximum of 20 simultaneous users at no cost for one year. After that year departments using STATA/MP pay a share of the license cost based upon each department’s percentage usage.