High-Performance Computing


UC San Diego Research Cluster

In collaboration with the Data Science and Machine Learning Platform (DSMLP) which is provided for instructional use, Research IT offers the UC San Diego Research Cluster to provide faculty and other researchers CPU/GPU compute resources for projects that are non-instructional and data intense.

Triton Shared Computing Cluster

The Triton Shared Computing Cluster (TSCC) provides central colocation and systems administration for your cluster nodes (“condo cluster”), as well as providing a hotel service for those with temporary or bursty high-performance computing (HPC) needs. TSCC provides three kinds of compute nodes in the cluster: General Computing Nodes, GPU Nodes, and Petascale Data Analysis Facility (PDAF) Nodes.

SDSC Cloud Compute

With the goal of providing a complete Data as a Service (DaaS) package to UC researchers and affiliates, SDSC Cloud now includes compute options. Cloud Compute allows users to spin up instances on demand and can be paired with SDSC Cloud Storage for convenient, comprehensive big data analysis. Email services@sdsc.edu for more information.


For general information about computing services, email research-it@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego Colocation Facilities

SDSC colo facility

If you choose to purchase your own rack-mount compute equipment, house it in a campus colocation facility (data center) to:

  • Save precious lab space
  • Protect your investment
  • Prevent theft/damage/unauthorized access
  • Ensure adequate power/cooling
  • Comply with OSHA standards
  • Be an energy-saving champion

San Diego Supercomputer Center

SDSC colo facility

A state-of-the-art, climate-controlled, secure ~400-rack data center with a 24/7/365 operations/”remote hands” staff and 10Gbps (or nx10Gbps) network connectivity, SDSC easily supports large or small installations. Speak with an SDSC representative regarding compliance with any regulatory requirements you may have (HIPAA, FISMA, FERPA, etc.). SDSC Colo has 40Gbps connectivity into the campus gateway to the Internet, providing high-bandwidth connectivity to both on- and off-campus sites.

The Campus fully subsidizes the SDSC rack rate for UC San Diego users. NGN subsidizes the cost of network connections for qualifying installations.

This facility is especially well suited to installations that must demonstrate regulatory compliance; that require monitoring and high uptime; that require backup power; and large installations.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A state-of-the-art, climate-controlled, secure 60-rack "dark" (unstaffed) data center with 24/7 keyless controlled entry. Up to 40Gbps network connectivity. The SIO CoLo provides free colocation services to personnel at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (purchase of a network switch may be required). Locking racks are available.

The Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences subsidizes the cost of the SIO CoLo facility.

This facility is especially well suited to installations by SIO customers; that require secure access for sysadmins; that require backup power; and small to moderate sized installations.


For more information or recommendations, contact research-it@ucsd.edu