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 or applications in our research cloud. UB faculty are permitted access to the academic cluster for themselves and their students at no cost. Additional services and resources are available for nominal fees, collected to cover the costs of the hardware and staff time.
Accounts at CCR
UB faculty should read the requirements for CCR accounts and follow the instructions to create their own. Once the faculty has setup a project following these instructions, he/she may add students, staff, and collaborators to their group. Please follow the instructions here to create and account and project
Students and UB staff members sponsored by a UB faculty member may create themselves an account but will not have access to CCR's servers until added to a faculty member's project. Instructions for that can be found here
External collaborators and industry partners must contact CCR help to request an account.
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. More information about software installations can be found here
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.
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