The National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program, through partner institution Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, approved a proposal from NCSSM to allocate 30,000 core-hours of supercomputing time on the Bridges Regular Memory supercomputer in Pittsburgh. The machine, funded with a $9.65M NSF grant, contains a large number of research-grade software packages for science and engineering, including codes for computational chemistry, computational biology, and computational physics, along with specialty codes such as computational fluid dynamics.
NCSSM’s allocation is designed to support computational science programs in the residential and online programs. Supercomputing access will particularly benefit computational chemistry students, who will use Gaussian 09 to learn how to work and conduct research in a high performance computing environment. Students in the various research programs, including the R science courses and Mentorship, could conduct computational experiments using the Bridges resource.
Jon Bennett, instructor of physics and faculty mentor for physics reserch, noted in the school's proposal that “NCSSM research students often pursue interdisciplinary research projects that involve computational and/or laboratory work in chemistry, physics, and other fields. The availability of supercomputer computational resources would greatly expand the range and depth of projects that are possible for these students.”