The mission of the Center for Computational Research (CCR) is to: (1) enable research and scholarship at UB by providing faculty with access to high-performance computing and visualization resources, (2) provide education, outreach, and training in Western New York, and (3) foster economic development and job creation in Western New York by providing local industry with access to advanced computing resources, including hardware, software and consulting services.
In addition to providing access to state-of-the-art computational and visualization resources, CCR's staff, who are comprised of computational scientists, software engineers, and database administrators, provide a wide range of services to facilitate faculty led research including custom software and GUI interface development, advanced database design, scientific programming support, scientific visualization support, and bioinformatics support.
In addition, CCR offers courses in high-performance computing and molecular modeling, training and workshops in specific aspects of high-end computing, a graduate certificate in computational science, and summer workshops for high-school students.
CCR also supports the newly established New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, which is comprised of UB, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.
CCR is a key player and significant contributor to UB 2020, the university's strategic plan, which has identified eight cross-disciplinary areas of strength indigenous to UB. Each strength serves as an infrastructure for pulling together researchers from across the university to work cooperatively in pursuit of solutions to wide-ranging problems through a nontraditional collaborative approach.
CCR is directly involved in supporting five of the strengths: