Compute Through Bridges

Bridges is a high performance computing system designed to support familiar, convenient software and environments for both traditional and non-traditional HPC users. Its richly-connected set of interacting systems offers exceptional flexibility for data analytics, simulation, workflows and gateways, leveraging interactivity, parallel computing, Spark and Hadoop.

All Brain Image Library data is directly accessable on bridges.psc.edu and is located on the /bil file system.

Datasets in BIL are uniquely referred to by a combination of a 16 digit unique identifier and the dataset name separated by a period: <16-digit-unique-identifier>.<Dataset-Name> The file path to BIL entries will be: /bil/data/<c1c2>/<c3c4>/<16-digit-unique-identifier>/<Dataset-Name>

where <c1c2> are replaced by the first and second characters of the unique identifier and <c3c4> are replaced by the third and fourth characters of the unique identifier. For example, the dataset: abcded0123456789.example_dataset_01 would be found down the following path: /bil/data/ab/cd/abcdef0123456789/example_dataset_01/

Additional information about Bridges can be found here.

Get access to Bridges:

You can get access to Bridges in two ways: apply for an allocation if you are faculty, a researcher or educator with a US institution, or be added to an existing account if you work with a PI who has an existing Bridges allocation.


Apply for an allocation

We offer three programs to provide access to Bridges. Complete allocation and affiliation information can be found on the allocations page, but in a nutshell:

 

Get added to an existing allocation

You can be added to an existing allocation by the PI. You must have an XSEDE Portal account (create one here if you don't already have one); once you do, the PI can submit a request through the Portal to add you to the allocation. The request must specify all resources which you should be given access to.

Every Bridges user needs access to Pylon storage, but it is not granted automatically; it must be specifically requested in the Add User process.

In addition, the PI must specify any other Bridges' resources granted to the allocation that you should have access to. These can include RM nodes, GPU nodes and/or LSM nodes.

Choose your tools

Bridges is a uniquely capable resource for empowering new research communities and bringing together HPC, AI and Big Data. It is designed to support familiar, convenient software and environments for both traditional and non-traditional HPC users. Its richly-connected set of interacting systems offers exceptional flexibility for data analytics, simulation, workflows and gateways, leveraging interactivity, parallel computing, Spark and Hadoop.

A sampling of Bridges' tools which will enable your work includes:

 

Get more information

If you would like to know more about Bridges and how you can use this unique resource in your research, see the "Applying for a Bridges account" FAQ.

If the FAQ doesn't answer your questions, call us at 412-268-4960 or email bridges@psc.edu.