The Center for Computational Research (CCR) at the University at Buffalo is a high-performance computing center offering faculty and students access to supercomputing environments, high-end visualization services, and experienced staff to help you move your research forward.
Computing Resources at CCR
The Center for Computational Research has over 8000 processors to support faculty and student research. The computers are organized into a cluster sharing common networking and storage. University researchers use the computers in the cluster through the batch scheduling system. Additional servers are available for high end visualization, database warehousing, and research websites on our research cloud.
Accounts at CCR
UB faculty can request an account on the CCR cluster for themselves and their students by submitting a ticket to CCR help. You will be contacted when the initial account is setup and you'll be required to provide information about your research at that time. Please list your full name, UB email address, and departmental affiliation. This is for UB faculty only! Students, staff, and external collaborators must get the support of a UB faculty member to receive access to CCR!
Application Software Available on the CCR Clusters
There are many scientific, engineering, bioinformatics, and visualization software applications already installed on the clusters. You are welcome to install software for your own use in your home or project directories, if it doesn't require elevated privileges. If it does, submit a help ticket to request the installation of the software package and, if it is possible, we will install it for you.
Getting Started Using the Cluster
There are several paths to getting started using the cluster. The User Guide provides a step by step guide to understanding and using the cluster.
CCR provides individual and group training sessions. These training sessions are hands-on instruction, where users login, transfer files, run computations, and analyze job performance. These training sessions are free of charge, and usually focus on the applications that the user wants to run on the cluster. Submit a help ticket to request a training session.
As a part of its mission to enable research and scholarship at UB, CCR provides a wide range of consulting services in areas that include parallel computing, software engineering, scientific and medical visualization, bioinformatics, (big) data analytics, urban simulation and modeling, computer animation, and cluster management. In addition, the software engineering group have extensive experience in custom software development, including GUI and web-based interfaces. For additional information on these services, see our consulting webpage
To contact us to learn how CCR can help facilitate your research, please submit a help ticket.
Move on the next step in this user guide - Beginner Information
Skip to the advanced section of the user guide