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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)

Through its relationship with Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX) of Carnegie Mellon University and the larger higher education research community, Drexel research faculty may avail themselves of services offered off-campus. Because of the robust, high-speed, low-latency links to Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) based services are particularly attractive.

Storage at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

The PSC-developed Data Supercell is a low cost, high bandwidth, low latency, highly reliable, and high capacity disk-based data management solution. It provides academic, corporate, government, and research partners with a convenient and affordable way to store and access their data, including extremely large data sets.

The minimum storage requirement is 10TB. The first copy of data is $250/TB/year; a second copy, if required, is an additional $175/TB/year.

Computing at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

PSC's flagship HPC system, Blacklight, is the world's largest shared-memory system. Its extremely large memory, 16 terabytes, coupled with its familiar Linux operating system and versatile programming models makes it as easy to use as a PC. Complementing Blacklight are HPC clusters that are ideal for running smaller, loosely coupled analyses.

For additional information on the services from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, contact Cheryl Begandy (412-268-5129,

Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment

XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, is a single virtual system, connected via Internet2, that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services — things like supercomputers, collections of data and new tools — to improve our planet.