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To get started using high performance or parallel computing for your research or class, the OIT Supercomputing division recommends the following steps.

  1. 1. Understand Your Options

    Use these links to find out about the resources available.

    I) Triton Shared Computing Cluster (TSCC)
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  3. II) Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) 

III) UC Computational Cloud (UC C2) - Coming Soon!

IV) Center for Scientific Computing

  1. 2. Consult the Supercomputing Expert

    Contact the OIT supercomputing consultant at to identify the best tools and architecture for your needs.

  2. 3. Open an Account

    Depending on your needs, you'll request an individual, research group, or class account following the procedures on our Accounts page.

  3. 4. Get to Know Your System

    Once you have an account on one or more machines, check out the Getting Started manuals for the systems at the following centers.

    • Triton Quick Start Guide
    • XSEDE Resources' Guides
      • Please note that this is the current list of resources in the XSEDE project. We may not have an allocation on every machine at the moment, however, it is possible to submit a proposal justifying the need for a particular resource. Our allocations as of Oct 9: Blacklight, Gordon Compute, Open Science Grid, Lonestar, Longhorn, NCSA Tape, Nautilus, Quarry, Stampede, Trestles.
  6. Below are links to the web sites of the institutions hosting these computers, and their resources at a glance: