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.



Read our Annual Report            

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 2018-2019

Supporting, Enabling

  • CRC enabled work on more than 133 grants, supported by over $81 million in outside funding.
  • CRC supports 300 faculty accounts representing 798 individual users, up 27% over last year.
  • CRC’s usage on our primary system from July-December 2018 was up by 75% over last year. 

 Diversity, Access

  • CRC supported users in 54 departments, schools, interdisciplinary programs, and centers.
  • CRC developed services which made advanced computing accessible in a familiar desktop environment to researchers without computing experience

 Investing, Growing

  • CRC recruited faculty to invest $127,353 in grant or startup funds to buy equipment that became part of CRC’s shared resources, bringing the total faculty investment since 2016 to $215,000.
  • CRC’s Total Hardware Resources in June 2019:
  • 8,268 CPU cores
  • 130 GPU graphics cards
  •  2.5 PB storage


More than 112 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations, and book chapters depended on CRC resources, many  in prestigious high-impact journals such as Nature Medicine, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and JAMA Oncology



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
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






Kevin Hostler
Help Desk Analyst
Email: kch34@pitt.edu





Firas Shomali
Technical Lead
Email: fis7@pitt.edu



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








Student Support

Thomas Troyan
Web Developer
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies 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. 412-648-3094




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