Research & Innovation

The primary mission of the Center for Computational Research is to enable research and scholarship at UB by providing faculty, staff, and students with access to high-performance computing and visualization resources, including staff with expertise in computational science, parallel computing, software development, advanced database engineering, graphical user interfaces, portal design, bioinformatics, advanced data analytics and data driven science. 


Highlights of Research Facilitated by CCR Resources:

This section highlights just a few of the many research projects currently utilizing our resources.  We love hearing about the research being done on our systems!  Please fill out this form to be featured on our website

  • ACCESS Metrics
    NSF ACCESS Metrics: ACCESS Monitoring and Measurement Service (MMS) is responsible for monitoring and measurement of the ACCESS Cyberinfrastructure (CI) facilities.
  • CheKiPEUQ Software Helps Identify the Right Choice
    Dr. Eric Walker of UB's Institute for Computational and Data Sciences developed software for making the difficult decision of which experiments to run a little easier
  • Roswell Park Research Computing Highlights
    UB CCR provides high performance computing and storage resources to support researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Many of these researchers hold dual appointments at UB or are actively collaborating with UB faculty members.  Collaborations and support for RPCI research dates back more than 15 years.  More recently, CCR system administrators began providing maintenance for RPCI compute nodes in the faculty cluster as they begin to migrate their HPC workloads from their on-site cluster to CCR.  Below is a subset of highlights of some of the exciting and ground breaking work done by RPCI researchers at CCR.
  • Chess and AI: The Role of Transparency
    Kenneth Regan, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UB and an avid chess player, is known for his predictive analytic models in the world of chess. His algorithms utilize tens of thousands of chess game datasets, along with the high-performance computing resources from the Center for Computational Research, to help determine if a chess opponent is making moves like a human or more like a computer.
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kleinhans Music Hall
    A collaboration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was pursued to assess the risk of infection and develop strategies to mitigate the spread of respiratory particles using computational fluid dynamics.
  • Simulations of indoor space with the SteriSpaceTM Air Sterilization System
    The air sterilization technology SteriSpaceTM, developed by a local company You First Services, destroys airborne biological pathogens and can be a stand-alone unit for a room or integrated into a building air handling system and can be customized for different configurations.
  • National Football League - Professor Mark Karwan
    For Professor Mark Karwan, working with the Center for Computational Research (CCR) has been instrumental in facilitating his work with the National Football League (NFL).  Since 2018, Dr. Karwan has used up to 100 machines per night on CCR’s industry cluster to help solve one of the NFL’s more computationally challenging problems.
  • Garwood Medical Devices
    Garwood Medical Devices is based in downtown Buffalo and is developing “smart bandage” medical devices. The devices will contain integrated sensor and communications technologies to enable unprecedented outpatient treatment for implant infections and chronic wounds.
  • GHub
    Collaboration and analysis space for ice sheet scientists