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Bridges Supercomputer Enters Production

The Bridges system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) entered production operations last month, in support of advances in science, research, engineering, and education. Following approval by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this status change marks the transition to completing integration with other Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) compute resources, which will streamline use for the approximately 400 research projects that are already using Bridges. The NSF-funded PSC Bridges system, with components acquired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and enhanced by PSC’s novel architecture, is a uniquely flexible resource for HPC and Big Data that emphasizes an exceptionally rich software environment, interactivity, and large memory. These factors contribute to its usability and value for a wide range of applications. Bridges also introduces important new technologies for the benefit of the research community. Bridges was the first installation of Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) fabric and introduced the HPE Integrity Superdome X servers with 12 terabytes (TB) of RAM to research computing. The system will also provide users with early access to NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs. Learn more at

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