About Us

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.


Pitt CRC 2017-2018 by the Numbers

  • Pitt CRC supported more than 116 grants.
  • Pitt CRC users brought in more than $64M in grants.
  • Pitt CRC supported 494 users from 59 departments.
  • Pitt CRC users published well over 104 papers, including more than 16 papers in high-impact journals such as Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Annals of Oncology.
  • Research faculty consultants provided more than 132 one-on-one consultations.Research faculty consultants presented 12 in-house 3-hour workshops. More than 90 students participated in the workshops, which covered such topics as getting started on CRC clusters; basic, advanced, and specialized Genomics use of the R programming language; using the Python language; and tools for building and debugging software.
  • Research faculty consultants presented lectures and lab sessions as an integral part of the curricula in 11 courses, including courses in bioengineering, chemistry, and linguistics.


Ralph Roskies, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research Computing
Email: roskies@pitt.edu






Karl Johnson, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Research Computing
William Kepler Whiteford Professor
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Email: karlj@pitt.edu





Kenneth Jordan, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Research Computing
Distinguished Professor of Computational Chemistry
and Richard King Mellon Professor
Email: jordan@pitt.edu




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.
Email: leonardo.bernasconi@pitt.edu 



Barry Moore II, PhD
Research Assistant Professor/Technical Lead
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.
Email: bmooreii@pitt.edu




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.
Email: fangping@pitt.edu





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.
Email: shervin.sammak@pitt.edu





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.
Email: kimwong@pitt.edu




Staff Support

Brian Connelly
Coordinator of Outreach and Communications
Email: bgc14@pitt.edu






Melissa Weidman
Center Administrator
Email: melissa.weidman@pitt.edu





Student Support

Junwei Gong
HTC Specialist Intern
Senior, Biological Studies
Email: jg40@pitt.edu


Thomas Troyan
Web Developer
Computer Science Undergraduate Student
Email: tnt27@pitt.edu




Our door is open.

 Consultants are usually available 9am to 5pm. If an available consultant
can't answer your question, we will direct you to a consultant who can.
We encourage you to make an appointment through crc.pitt.edu/UserSupport
to connect with the appropriate consultant.

Where to find us

University of Pittsburgh
Center for Research Computing
312 Schenley Place
4420 Bayard Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel. 412-383-0459




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