Research Computing

Data-Driven Research on Campus begins with Integrated DigitaL Infrastructure

OIT's Integrated Digital Infrastructure (IDI) service streamlines the delivery of cutting-edge IT services to UC Merced faculty, researchers, and students.

IDI services include high-performance computing on the Linux-based, 2076-core MERCED Cluster; data collaboration using the 10Gpbs UC Merced Science DMZ Network; research data storage; and visualization on the Wide Area Visualization Environment (WAVE) facility.

We can help you move, store, and visualize data; utilize campus and regional computing facilities; and build IT-enabled science workflows that meet your needs now and into the future. We also offer training, drop-in office hours, and consultation services.

Our Services

Access to the CHASE-CI Hyper-converged GPU Cluster

Consultation for specialized and specific needs, including research computing, high-speed networking, and visualization.

Specialized one-on-one or group training in basic Linux, HPC or other research computing topics

Grant and technical writing for proposals and CyberInfrastructure Facilities Statements

Data concierge services for big data (>100GB) file transfers

HPC-related scientific workflow design

Developing Jupyter Notebooks and Jupyter-enabled workflows

Tours of our facilities (including the WAVE and the MERCED Cluster)

Uncommon Access.
Endless Possibilities.

Unlike other research universities, UC Merced allows faculty and students access to the Linux-based MERCED Cluster free of charge. We can also facilitate access to fee-based regional and national HPC via the San Diego Supercomputing Center and other XSEDE locations.

MERCED Cluster

Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery

The MERCED Cluster is UC Merced's on-campus facility. MERCED is a 2076-core cluster running Slurm.

MERCED is supported by the National Science Foundation Award ACI-1429783.


Cognitive Hardware and Software Ecosystem, Community Infrastructure

CHASE-CI is a cloud-community-based approach to delivering affordable Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), networked together with a variety of neural network machines to facilitate development of next-generation cognitive computing.

Led by UCSD, CHASE-CI allows researchers across all 10 UC campuses to conduct research into advanced machine-learning techniques.

CHASE-CI is supported by the National Science Foundation Award 1730158.

Merced Cluster

Account Set-Up

Request access via our

Service Catalog

1:1 and Small
Group Training

Request a consultation

Get More Info

Contact the Committee on
Research Computing (CORC)

HPC Walk-In Clinic Hours

Research Computing Services runs a weekly HPC Walk-in Clinic. All are welcome to drop in for training and help with specific questions regarding the MERCED Cluster.

We offer general help with topics like:

  • writing and using code
  • job submission
  • parallelization
  • compiling
  • job arrays

Graduate students using the cluster are also frequently available to offer peer mentoring to other students in HPC basics.

UC Merced faculty members (left to right) Jian-Qiao Sun, Hrant Hratchian, and Suzanne Sindi in the racks of processors that make up the MERCED cluster.

Dr. Sindi leads the UC Merced cluster governance body, the Committee on Research Computing (CoRC).