High-Performance Computing

Photo of UB's Center for Computational Research (CCR).

The Center for Computational Research is on the ground floor of the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences building in downtown Buffalo, NY.

The University at Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research (CCR), a leading academic supercomputing facility, maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in computing, visualization, and networking. 

World-Class Computing in Downtown Buffalo

The Center’s extensive computing facilities, which are housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine room located in the new NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences building in downtown Buffalo, include a generally accessible (to all UB researchers) Linux cluster with more than 8000 processor cores and QDR Infiniband, a subset (32) of which contain (64) NVidia Tesla M2050 “Fermi” graphics processing units (GPUs).   Industrial partners of the University have access to a cluster with more than 3400 processor cores and FDR Infiniband.  The Center maintains a 3PB IBM GPFS high-performance parallel file system.  The computer visualization laboratory features a tiled display wall, and a VisDuo passive stereo system.  A leading academic supercomputing facility, CCR has more than 170 Tflops of peak performance compute capacity.  CCR additionally hosts a number of clusters and specialized storage devices for various specific departments, projects, and collaborations, interested researchers should contact CCR staff.

In addition to its computing and visualization resources, CCR has a support staff consisting of computational scientists, programmers, and database administrators with expertise in all areas of computing, including scientific and parallel computing, (big) data analytics, custom software development, database engineering, and scientific visualization.   

Creating New Possibilities for Research

CCR helps scientists at UB, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, and other research organizations in western New York conduct leading-edge research in a wide range of fields in science and engineering, including bioinformatics, chemistry, physics, computational fluid dynamics, cancer research, medical imaging, pharmaceutical drug design, medical informatics, and civil engineering.

Fueling Economic Growth in New York State

In terms of the application of advanced cyber infrastructure in support of economic development, UB/CCR is a member of NYSTAR’s High Performance Computation Consortium (HPC).  HPC is a partnership between NYSERNet and supercomputing centers at RPI, Stony Brook, Brookhaven, and UB. Its goal is to increase New York State’s competitiveness and foster economic development by providing industry and academic institutions with high performance computing resources, including staff with expertise in modeling and simulation.  This includes access to CCR’s 3400 core Linux cluster.