A brief introduction to help new users get started using the 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. The CCR staff
are here to provide support and assistance to users.
UB faculty can request an account on the CCR cluster for
themselves and their students using an online form.
More on getting an account
There are many scientific, engineering, bioinformatics, and
visualization software applications already installed on the
cluster. If you need a software package, then just let us
know and, if it is possible we will install it for you. Of
course, you are welcome to install software for your own use in
your home or projects directories. Click on the "Need
Help?" link to request the installation of a software
There are several paths to getting started using the
cluster. The User Guide
provides a step by step guide to understanding and using the
There are several online presentations that provide instruction
in accessing the cluster and running computations.
Presentations and Workshops
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. Click on the "Need Help?" link to
schedule a training session.
The new IBM GPFS storage solution is in production. Please replace /ifs, /panfs and /panasas with /gpfs in your scripts or anywhere on this website that you see /ifs, /panfs, or /panasas referenced.
We're now using the SLURM scheduler. If you need to update your job scripts from PBS format, this is a great cheatsheet for comparing commands between the two schedulers. Click here for more info about using SLURM at CCR.