Data-Driven Research on Campus begins with Integrated DigitaL Infrastructure
OIT's partnership with Faculty and the Facility on Research Computing (FoRC) service streamlines the delivery of cutting-edge IT services to UC Merced faculty, researchers, and students.
Our services include high-performance computing (HPC) on the Linux-based, 2076-core MERCED Cluster; data collaboration using the 10-40 Gpbs UC Merced Science DMZ Network; research data storage; and visualization on the Wide Area Visualization Environment (WAVE) facility and associated WAVE lab. We can also help you build specialized Research IT for your lab or as part of your startup planning.
Research Computing can help you move, visualize, and collaborate with your data; utilize campus and regional computing facilities; and build IT-enabled science workflows that meet your needs now and into the future. We offer training to get started or to hone your skills, drop-in HPC office hours, and consultation services for research data management, proposal development, or other research-IT related topics.
Unlike other research universities, UC Merced has open access to the Linux-based MERCED Cluster. We can also facilitate access to fee-based regional and national HPC via the San Diego Supercomputing Center and other XSEDE locations.
Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery
The MERCED Cluster is UC Merced's on-campus facility. MERCED is a 2076-core cluster with a wide variety of common HPC software packages, user-specific software, and advanced scheduling using Slurm.
MERCED is supported by the National Science Foundation Award and by the generous support of contributing faculty.
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Cognitive Hardware and Software Ecosystem, Community Infrastructure (CHASE-CI) provides the Nautilus Cluster—a cloud-community-based approach to delivering affordable but advanced data and computation with millions of Graphics Processing Units (GPU) cores for machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) research.
Led by UCSD, CHASE-CI allows researchers across all 10 UC campuses to conduct research into advanced machine-learning techniques in a Kubernetes-orchestrated containerized software environment.
CHASE-CI is supported by the National Science Foundation Award .
Access to the Nautilus GPU Cluster for advanced ML/AI
Consultation for specialized and specific needs, including research computing, high-speed networking, and visualization.
Specialized one-on-one or group training in basic Linux, supercomputing or other research computing topics
Grant and technical writing for proposals including CyberInfrastructure Facilities Statements and Data Management Plans
Data concierge services for big data (>1 TB) file transfers
HPC-related scientific workflow design
Developing Jupyter Notebooks and Jupyter-enabled workflows for groups and larger collaborations
Tours of our facilities (including the WAVE and the MERCED Cluster)
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
- job arrays
Graduate students using the cluster are also frequently available to offer peer mentoring to other students in HPC basics.