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Pitt CRC: Our Mission
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Research Computing (Pitt CRC) plays a vital role in advancing leading-edge research. The CRC, formerly the Center for Simulation and Modeling, is singularly focused on increasing the productivity of Pitt researchers through the application of advanced computing. In addition to supporting research in fields such as engineering, chemistry and genomics, Pitt CRC—a unique resource for the entire University community—now adds value to work in biostatistics, economics, and linguistics, among many other areas.

  • The mission of Pitt CRC is to increase the research productivity of Pitt faculty through the use of advanced computing. We fulfill this mission through outreach to the university community that includes:
  • Offering access to cutting-edge computer hardware and software for enabling transformative research.
  • Workshops teaching the most effective ways to use Pitt CRC's computing resources.
  • Personalized consultation on refining projects at the computational code level -- such as stronger algorithms to take advantage of parallel processing -- and at the level of improving the user experience for researchers who begin taking advantage of high performance computing using a familiar graphic user interface.

Pitt CRC Serves Pitt
University faculty members obtain fee-free access to computing resources via a streamlined submission and proposal process. Each faculty member is automatically eligible for 10,000 computation hours on Pitt CRC computer clusters. Short proposals are required for work that will extend 10,000 computation hours. Pitt CRC serves Pitt; faculty members do not compete for resources with outside researchers.

Pitt CRC staff members are on-campus PhD-level research faculty working to expand and improve computation at Pitt.  By delivering training workshops and providing one-on-one consultation, staff members collaboratively facilitate research with greater productivity, innovation, and impact through advanced computing.

See our Annual Reports 2018-2020


Ralph Roskies, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research Computing

Karl Johnson, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Research Computing
William Kepler Whiteford Professor
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Kenneth Jordan, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Research Computing
Distinguished Professor of Computational Chemistry
and Richard King Mellon Professor

Research Faculty Consultants

Leonardo Bernasconi, PhD
Research Assistant Professor/Consultant
Expertise areas: condensed matter theory, density-functional theory, excited states and spectroscopy, ab initio molecular dynamics (with application to chemical reactivity in solution), time-dependent density-functional theory and excited state dynamics, and developing software for electronic structure calculations.

Barry Moore II, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Expertise areas: chiroptical properties in density functional theory and complete active space wave function theory, as well as time-dependent density functional theory studies of dye molecules, Linux, HPC, and developing open-source scientific applications.

Fangping Mu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor/Consultant
Expertise Areas: bioinformatics and computational biology, molecular dynamics simulations, protein-DNA interactions, computer-aided biological structure/function analysis and open source development frameworks.

Shervin Sammak, PhD
Research Assistant Professor/Consultant
Expertise areas: turbulence modeling, higher order spectral method and PDF calculation for reacting flows, OpenMP/MPI programming, data analysis and scientific code development.

Kim F. Wong, PhD
Research Associate Professor/Consultant
Expertise Areas: condensed-phase phenomena, agent-based models for describing the dynamics of infectious diseases, parallel algorithms and libraries and scientific code development.

Staff Support
Brian Connelly
Coordinator of Outreach and Communications

Kevin Hostler
Help Desk Analyst

Firas Shomali
Technical Lead

Melissa Weidman
Center Administrator

Student Support
Thomas Troyan