Since 1987, OSC has been providing our clients services in four areas, or functions:

Supercomputing. OSC provides the computational power and storage that scientists need to meet their research goals.  Whether researchers need to harness the incredible power of a parallel processor cluster to better understand deep space, a vector processor machine to do weather modeling, or a mid-size shared memory processor system to model the human heart, OSC has the hardware and software solutions to meet their needs.

Research. A staff of high performance computing and networking research experts maintain active research programs in HPC and Networking, Homeland Security and Defense, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Life Sciences. Our goals are to lead science and engineering research efforts, assist researchers with custom needs and collaborate with regional, national and international researchers in groundbreaking initiatives.

Education. OSC has a national reputation for its training and education programs. Staff teach faculty and student researchers through scientific computing workshops, one-on-one classes, and web-based portal training. Ohio students gain exposure to the world of high performance computing and networking during our annual summer institutes for young women in middle school and for junior and senior high school students. And, the statewide, virtual Ralph Regula School of Computational Science coordinates computational science and engineering education activities for all levels of learning.

Cyberinfrastructure. The Ohio Supercomputer Center’s cyberinfrastructure and software development researchers provide the user community with various high performance computing software options. This variety enables researchers to select parallel computing languages they most prefer, and just as important, it creates a test bed for exploring these systems. By taking a holistic approach to generating efficient supercomputing applications for researchers, the Center’s cyberinfrastructure and software development research capitalizes on all the components within the cycle of innovation — development, experimentation, and analysis - and continuously improves the services provided.

System Downtime Oct 23, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00am to 10:00pm

Ohio Supercomputer Center

UPDATE: The downtime has been extended to 10 p.m.


A downtime for all HPC systems is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The downtime will affect the Oakley, Ruby and Owens Clusters, web portals and HPC file servers. Login services, including my.osc.edu, and access to storage will not be available during this time. 

Ruby Partial Downtime September 24, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Ohio Supercomputer Center

An approximately 4-hour downtime for part of the Ruby system is scheduled starting from 8 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2018. This will effect Ruby's login nodes and quick batch so users will not be able to access Ruby during this time, either via SSH or OnDemand. A portion of Ruby's compute nodes will not be affected and will continue to run jobs previously submitted.  Other OSC services, including Oakley and Owens Clusters, web portals, and HPC file servers will be available. 

Ohio Supercomputer Center names new system after Russell Pitzer

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is in the process of procuring a new high performance computing system this summer, and in line with its tradition of naming its systems after pioneers with an Ohio connection, the center looked to its earliest days.

Russell M. Pitzer, the honoree and now emeritus professor of chemistry at The Ohio State University, was among a few individuals who began discussing the possibility of bringing high performance computing to Ohio higher education, even before the center was established in 1987.