Get Started

I am faculty: how do I get started?
Users need to be associated with an active faculty account. Faculty can create an account and add an unlimited number of users - undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and staff. Click here to create an account:

Who can get an account?
Every Pitt faculty member is eligible to create an account. Go to to create an account.

Faculty: create an account

Does it cost anything to use the CRC?
The CRC is available for free to all Pitt faculty. There is no cost for computing time. In addition to free computing time, CRC provides 5TB of free data storage: for storage above 5TB there is a charge of $65-per-TB-per-year (see If the project requires significant support from a CRC consultant, the PI can contribute funds toward overhead.

I am non-faculty: how do I get started?
An adviser, PI, or another faculty member must create an account and add you as a user. Request an account at: You must to provide the name and email address of the faculty member who will confirm that you are to be added to an account.

Non-faculty request an account


Who can be added to an account?
Faculty can add an unlimited number of users to an account, including undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and staff members.

Faculty: add a student or other user to an account


How much computing time can I get?
Every faculty account automatically receives an allocation of 10,000 service units.Service units correspond roughly with compute hours on a core.
Accounts with an allocation of 10,000 service units automatically renew annually. You do not need to submit a proposal or re-apply to renew the account. 

What if I need more computing time than 10,000 service units?
Faculty can submit a short proposal requesting more computing time. See the guidelines for proposals at Proposals must be submitted through CRC’s online portal: The portal page also offers a template for proposals and example of a successful proposal.

What software does CRC have available?
CRC offers more than 400 installed software packages, which are continually updated and expanded. See the full list of available software at:

How can my students get help?
Users on an active account can submit help tickets to CRC:
You can also contact CRC directly at
Telephone and walk-in information are available at:

Does CRC offer training?
CRC offers a wide range of workshops and in-class lectures and personal consultation are also available.

See CRC’s Fall 2020 workshop schedules at:

Still have questions? Submit a help ticket